Senate Republicans Prepare to Extend Energy Standards Freeze


Senator Bill Seitz (R – Cincinnati) shared with interested parties draft legislation to revise Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards.  Senate Bill 310 from the prior session, instituted a freeze of escalating standards.  That freeze is slated to go back into effect in early 2017. The Senate bill draft would extend the freeze for both renewable energy and energy efficiency for an additional three years.  The bill also reduces annual benchmarks in out years and expands the ability of business customers to opt-out of the riders. Columbus Dispatch reporter Dan Gearino posted an article describing some early reactions to the proposal.