Rep. Clyde: Stopping Energy Standards Costs Ohio's Economy, Consumers And Environment
Ohio to become first state to move backward on clean energy standards

On Wednesday, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) voted against Senate Bill 310, legislation to suspend Ohio’s clean energy standards. These standards, passed by the legislature in 2008 with wide bipartisan support, have created thousands of jobs and saved $1.03 billion for Ohio consumers and businesses.

“When we say no to our state’s clean energy standards we lose investment in our communities.” said Rep. Clyde “We lose both the jobs created since 2008 and those promised by further development of renewable energy projects. We lose graduates in emerging STEM fields to other states that bolster their renewable energy programs. And we lose hope that Ohio will make strides toward being a cleaner, greener state.”

Projections estimate that if the standards were kept in place, Ohio consumers and businesses could enjoy over $4 billion in savings over the next 10 years. With the two-year freeze, however, Ohio energy rates will increase for ratepayers by $150 over those two years, while rates will increase for commercial customers by $31,000. The energy standards freeze could result in a $6 billion loss of potential capital investment in clean energy production.  

“Hundreds of constituents contacted my office in opposition to SB 310,” said Rep. Clyde. “This bill takes Ohio back, costing consumers and businesses more and making our environment more polluted. It is truly a lose-lose for Ohioans.”

The controversial bill was widely expected to pass the House last week, but the bill was pulled from the committee schedule at the last minute. After struggling to find support from their members, the GOP pushed the bill through committee Tuesday.

The bill makes Ohio the first state to reverse Renewable Portfolio Standards by eliminating targets for advanced energy and freezing targets for renewable energy.

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