Ohio Senate Plans to Scale Back Green Energy Standards

Dec 18, 2017

The House passed a similar bill, but that legislation was quashed by Gov. Kasich's veto.
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Ohio's state Senate plans to deliver the final blow to what are known as Ohio’s green energy standards. These standards require utilities to get a certain amount of energy from renewable sources. A bill to toss out those requirements could move first thing next year.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof is resolute that he plans on moving a bill in January that would get rid of the green-energy requirements, though he admits he’d like to see a few changes first.

“The underlying direction that the House was headed in toward scaling back some of the mandates that were put in place about 10 years ago; it's a direction that I think a majority of my caucus supports," he said.

The legislation, which already passed the House, would turn the requirements -- which were bipartisan when they passed -- into voluntary goals. Opponents and environmental advocates say this is scaling back the standards and therefore it’s a repeal.

The General Assembly passed a similar measure last year but that was vetoed by the governor.