News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Wayside Furniture

Akron General


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Battle lines drawn in fight over Ohio energy bill
Utilities are pushing for reforms to Ohio's renewable and energy efficiency standards, environmentalists and consumer groups want to keep the current law in place
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
New wind and solar projects in Ohio could face a sunset if SB58 is passed in the Ohio legislature. It rolls back requirements for renewable energy produced in Ohio starting in 2019. The bill also makes it easier for utilities to meet energy efficiency benchmarks.
Courtesy of Samir Luther Flickr CC
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Battle lines are being drawn this week ahead of a vote on a bill that changes how utilities calculate mandatory energy reduction efforts.  The measure also rolls back renewable energy requirements in Ohio. WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports.

 

LISTEN: Debate over SB 58

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:20)


Senate Bill 58 faces a committee vote this week.  The Republican sponsored measure pits environmentalists and consumer advocates against Ohio’s major energy providers.  If passed, it will alter a set of standards in place since 2008 that require utilities to help customers reduce energy use.   Marty Berkowitz with the Ohio Consumers Council says the current ways of measuring improvements in energy efficiency should remain.

He says, “the energy proficiency provisions have been working.”

Berkowitz says the new law provides a windfall to utilities without increasing energy savings for consumers, and "all the profits from these programs would go to the utilites." 

FirstEnergy’s Doug Colafella puts it another way.  He calls it, "good common sense legislation.”

Colafella says the changes to how energy efficiency efforts are measured will lower costs and provide shared savings for utilities.

“And based on the number of kilowatt-hours we save, we share in that success with our customers -  we will share in some of the energy efficiency savings that result from these programs.”

The new energy bill also changes incentives for renewable energy production.  After five years, instead of half the clean energy coming  from inside Ohio, utilities can purchase it from far outside the region.  Critics say that change could cost thousands of jobs in Ohio’s wind and solar industries. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Pluto: The Browns split from Manziel is long overdue
Get Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos! He's fantastic and seems like a great person.

Democratic Senate hopeful P.G. Sittenfeld pushes for local gun control
That makes no sense at all... why not let cities determine driving codes as well? Maybe Cincy want's folks to drive on the left side of the road. What could go ...

Exploradio: Autism in the workplace
I would love to get more information re: Autism on The Town and other such programs in Northeast Ohio. Thanks!!

Human trafficking cases rise in Ohio
It is about time this is presented to proceed with a plan of prevention..to protect our youth.And very necessary to inform communities through school, churches ...

Fermented food company aims to preserve Cleveland's farm-to-table movement
This is terrific! I make my own sauerkraut and consider it vital to good health. Well done, I wish you all success.

Ohio doctors get new guidelines for prescribing certain painkillers
I would gladly smoke pot to get off pain killers but its not legal.It would save the hassle of doctor visits for pill counts,pee tests,blood tests,driving to pi...

Ohio unemployment cuts are nearing a Statehouse vote
What about those that are laid off seasonally? My husband has been employed by the same company for 26 years and has been laid off (for the last 17) mid-Januar...

Ban on microbeads is a big step in fighting plastic pollution
What a bunch of liberal "so open minded their brains fell out" tree huggin yuppies. Professing to be wise they became fools.

Who's on -- and left off -- Ohio's medical marijuana task force?
Biggest joke everm these people are evil they know marijuana is harmless they rigged the polls last nov everypne kmows it

Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
Police to fast with the trigger finger and not the brain.A lot of police officers out here judge by color first instead of accessing the situation first. If a p...

Copyright © 2016 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University