Rep. Greenspan Announces House's Approval Of Reforms To State's Energy Requirements
Pro-business bill encourages economic growth, free-market system
March 30, 2017
 
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation that would make Ohio’s renewable energy standards optional, promoting business growth in the state.


This Bill maintains benchmarks for both Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Standards while reinforcing the belief that business decisions are better directed by the market and not by the government


“We have a responsibility in the legislature to cut unnecessary costs and regulations,” said Rep. Greenspan. “This bill demonstrates a belief in maintaining a focus on the energy demands of our state and also on the environment while being responsive and responsible to the needs of our residents.”


Replacing mandates with goals and incentives keeps benchmarks in place for energy companies looking to increase production of renewable energy without the influence of government. This helps reduce costs on businesses and, ultimately, consumers.


Ohio companies are already beginning to shift to renewable energy sources, regardless of whether mandates are in place. Therefore, House Bill 114 frees up Ohio’s energy market, empowering residents with the freedom to choose the most cost effective utility plan. House Bill 114 is making it possible to achieve a positive outcome without a government enforcing mandates that prove detrimental to Ohio’s economic interests.


Among other provisions included in the legislation, House Bill 114 would allow customers and businesses to have the option to opt-out of renewable energy goals without facing penalties for not meeting benchmarks on the purchase of renewable energy.


House Bill 114 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.


 

 
 
 
  
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