Boccieri Publicly Calls On Kasich To Veto Rollback Of Clean Energy Standards
Says backwards move will threaten Ohio jobs in growing renewable energy industry
December 12, 2016
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State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today urged Gov. Kasich to stand strong against the attack on energy innovation and industry jobs by vetoing House Bill (HB) 554, legislation that would change the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019. The bill was pushed through without substantial opportunity for comment during hearings that took place in the final weeks of the General Assembly.

“I ask that Governor Kasich recognizes the importance of having energy efficiency standards in place so that Ohio will not fall behind the rest of the nation on energy,” said Boccieri. “Companies have already made investments in renewable programs, and walking back the standards would mean a loss of investment for energy companies and a loss of jobs for the state.”

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

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

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. 

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