Boccieri Hails Kasich's Veto Of Unenforceable Renewable Energy "goals"
Lawmaker says bill would have threatened Ohio jobs in growing economic industry
December 28, 2016
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State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) applauded Gov. Kasich’s move to support energy innovation and industry jobs with his veto of House Bill (HB) 554, legislation that passed during the recent lame duck session which would have changed the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019.

“I’m pleased to see the Governor recognize the benefits that active energy efficiency standards bring to our economy and the clean energy industry,” said Boccieri. “Ohio businesses have already made investments in renewable energy programs, and walking back the standards would have meant a loss of investment for energy companies and a loss of jobs for the state. Other states are seizing on the opportunity renewable energy provides for a cleaner, more diverse energy portfolio and Ohio cannot afford to fall behind in this national trend.”

Ohio’s renewable energy standards are estimated to have created over 3,200 Ohio jobs from 2008-2012, according to a study by Advanced Energy Economy Ohio Institute and The Center for Resilience at the Ohio State University. Statewide, there are over 280 companies involved in the renewable energy industry, according to the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACRE) – almost 120 of which are in the manufacturing industry. Companies in all aspects of renewable manufacturing are estimated to employ nearly 100,000 Ohioans, jobs with uncertain futures following the passage of HB 554. 

The Ohio Consumers Council opposed HB 554 because it allows utilities to "bank" energy savings and charge Ohio consumers and businesses millions more without any corresponding value to consumers.

In his veto message, Kasich noted the improved business climate that resulted from having standards in place, as well as job creation and the cost efficiency it provides for businesses and consumers.

Boccieri was a sponsor of the original legislation that established the original energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, SB 221 from the 127th General Assembly.

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