Manufacturers Take a Stand Against Energy Bill Overhaul
SB 58 would undo progress made on current renewable energy and efficiency standards in Ohio
Ohio Senate Bill 221 (SB 221), passed into law in 2008, established statewide renewable energy and efficiency improvements, including provisions that called for 12.5% of power generation from renewable sources by 2025, and a 22.2% cumulative electricity efficiency savings by 2025, with a 7% peak demand reduction by 2017 for electric utilities.
Now, five years after passing SB 221, legislation has been introduced by William Seitz (R-Cincinnati) in the Ohio Senate (SB 58) that would overhaul the current state policy pertaining to energy efficiency standards and advanced and renewable energy standards. A vote is expected by mid-November.
In our view, this action disproportionately favors the state's utilities while removing incentives to increase energy efficiency, which will impact manufacturers on several fronts. more