Energy Standards Legislation Acted On


House Bill 554 (Amstutz-R-Wooster) was revised late last week to weaken both Ohio’s efficiency and renewable energy standards and expand customers’ ability to opt-out from efficiency-related riders. One amendment afforded utilities the ability to earn even more profit for lower performance in their energy efficiency programs.  The OMA asked legislators to remove that provision. Other amendments may be added to the bill before the final vote, which was expected late yesterday. There is speculation (at time of this publication) that Governor Kasich could veto the entire bill.  12/8/2016