Efficiency and Renewable standards have come under attack recently in several states. Zondits has previously written about the ongoing saga of Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable standards. Unfortunately, efficiency is one step closer to being frozen out of Ohio for the foreseeable future; the Ohio Senate just voted 21 to 12 to freeze the efficiency and renewable standards. Even though there is strong evidence that Ohio’s energy efficiency programs provide cost effective savings and economic growth, Ohio’s politicians claim that the initiative was harming the state and chose to stall progress in expanding efficiency initiatives. The bill will now go to the Ohio House for a vote; the house is expected to return similar results and effectively shut down efficiency in the state.
Ohio Senate votes to halt state energy efficiency rules, wind and solar developmentCleveland.com, May 8, 2014
Gov. John Kasich remained silent Thursday on an early morning vote of his Republican colleagues in the state senate approving a two-year freeze of energy efficiency and renewable energy laws.
But Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald quickly proved he will make energy an issue in his campaign to unseat Kasich. He taunted his rival to immediately veto the measure.
“Today’s vote threatens to move Ohio’s economy backwards. Senate Bill 310 is undeniably detrimental for our state’s job growth, working families, and environment,” FitzGerald said in a written statement.