Today, May 27, 2014, the Ohio State House Public Utilities Committee passed the House version of SB 310 by a vote of 13-9. It is likely that the Ohio House will vote on the bill sometime this week. If passed by the House and signed by Ohio Governor Kasich, SB 310 would freeze Ohio’s renewable energy targets through 2016 and allow all of the state’s renewable energy targets to be met by facilities located in Ohio and bordering states. The bill already passed the Ohio Senate on May 8, 2014.
SB 310 faces clear opposition from members of Ohio’s business and renewable energy stakeholder groups. Notably the Ohio Manaufacturers’ Association (OMA) testified before the House Public Utilities Committee on May 14th saying that SB 310 is bad for business. SB 310 is a step back for renewable energy advocates in Ohio and as written does not serve the general interests of Ohio ratepayers. In effect, the bill would have Ohio ratepayers subsidize renewable energy in other states while undermining the renewable energy economy within Ohio.
If you are an Ohio resident with an interest in continuing to grow Ohio’s clean energy industry, please use this list to express your point of view by contacting your State House Representative.
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