Ohio temporarily stops energy efficiency mandates

At the end of last week, Ohio became one of the first states in the country to pass groundbreaking legislation, though it is not the kind that many environmentalists and energy groups had hoped for. On June 14, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) made Senate Bill 310 – which was passed by both the state House and Senate – all but ending renewable energy mandates.

According to Ohio law, electric utilities are required to sell a greater amount of wind and solar generated power with each passing year in order to make the state more energy-efficient over time. These regulations have now been disrupted due to the new law, which puts a pause on these increasing energy mandates at 2014 levels through at least the end of 2017.

The purpose of putting a temporary stop to the laws – which were passed back in 2008 – is to give the government time to decide whether or not they should be allowed to continue to be ended permanently. Opponents of these regulations claim that they put an unnecessary financial burden on state residents and might not even have the desired effect on the environment.

"Ohio needs more renewable and alternative energy sources and it needs a strong system to support them as they get started," Kasich press secretary Rob Nichols said in a public statement. "It's naive, however, to think that government could create that system perfectly the first time and never have to check back to see if everything's OK."

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