Ohio legislature approves a two-year freeze on energy standards

Earlier this week, the Ohio state legislature voted to pass a bill that is going to put a two-year freeze on energy efficiency mandates that were first approved back in 2008. Opponents of these energy standards say that they are unlikely to be met by the state, as well as being detrimental to the free market by unnecessarily raising the cost of the average monthly utility payments. Statehouse spokesman Rob Nichols would not tell reporters whether Republican Governor John Kasich would vote in favor or against the bill.

The original energy standards that were passed in 2008 required all power consumption in the state to be reduced by 22 percent, as well as 25 percent of all power to be supplied by renewable sources, by the year 2025. The legislation that was passed on Wednesday, May 28 – Senate Bill 310 – puts a freeze on the continuation of these mandates for a full two years, time that will be spent with lawmakers studying the possible effects these mandates will have on Ohio.

Opponents of Senate Bill 310 released the results of a poll that had been taken last month that showed a majority of Ohio residents were in favor of the energy standards, but were unaware that state legislators were working on changing them in any significant way. The bill was passed by a slim majority on a 53-48 vote on the general floor of the House.

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