Rep. Antonio: Energy Standards Freeze Will Cost Ohio's Economy, Consumers And Environment
Ohio to become first state to move backward on energy efficiency standards

On Wednesday, State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) voted against Senate Bill 310, legislation to suspend Ohio’s—by most accounts, successful—advanced 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.

“Republicans are taking Ohio backwards with this destructive anti-environment, anti-business, anti-consumer legislation,” said Rep. Antonio.

Projections estimate that if the standards were kept in place, Ohio consumers and businesses would enjoy over $4 billion in potential savings over the next 10 years. With the two-year freeze, however, Ohio energy rates will increase for ratepayers by $150, 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. 

“It is unconscionable to remove the Buy Ohio portion of the current standards and is a blow to local businesses,” said Rep. Antonio.

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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