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Ohio GOP lawmakers may make another stab at changing renewable energy standards
A new bill is expected to be introduced soon

Andy Chow
In The Region:

One of the most controversial issues in the Statehouse could soon be revisited. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has a preview of a new energy bill that could be on its way.

LISTEN: Compromise on energy standards may be in the works

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Those closely following energy policies in the state believe the Senate is preparing to unveil a new proposal that would freeze Ohio’s efficiency standards for several months.

A more controversial bill to overhaul policies on renewable and alternative energy standards that were put in place in 2008 stalled in committee late last year. Supporters of that bill, including Akron-based FirstEnergy, say change is needed to protect ratepayers and utilities..

But critics, including the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, claimed the bill would have set higher rates for consumers while bankrolling the utility companies.

Another senator has a separate bill that calls on Ohio to repeal the standards altogether.

But the new proposal is essentially a compromise among the Senate Republican caucus, though nothing specific has been introduced yet.


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We do NOT need to do anything what will raise consumers' costs!!

Posted by: Sandra Judy (Akron) on March 25, 2014 5:03AM
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