On Wednesday, the Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee (created under SB 310) released their recommendation on the near-term future of mandated energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in Ohio. The report recommends the General Assembly impose an indefinite freeze of these standards.
Many allies of energy efficiency expressed disappointment with the report’s recommendations. Ohio Governor John Kasich echoed these sentiments. “A continued freeze of Ohio’s energy standards is unacceptable,” said Kasich spokesman Joe Andrews, “and we stand willing to work with the Ohio General Assembly to craft a bill that supports a diverse mix of reliable, low-cost energy sources while preserving the gains we have made in the state’s economy.”
MEEA will continue to track this and other developments, including legislative proposals. The Ohio General Assembly will resume the legislative session on October 7. MEEA is looking to potentially hold meetings and will discuss the ramifications of the report with Ohio’s MEEA members, policymakers and stakeholders.
If you would like to get involved or if you have any questions about the Energy Mandates Study Committee findings and recommendations, please contact Policy Manager Nick Dreher at email@example.com. Or visit MEEA’s Ohio Policy Page for our testimony to the committee, fact sheets, policy summaries and other resources.