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Dem lawmakers suggest Ohio energy reforms in report on state study committee findings

Say energy efficiency benchmarks cut consumer costs, create jobs
September 3, 2015
Democrat Newsroom

COLUMBUS— State Reps. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) today issued a report and recommendations to fellow members of the Energy Mandate Study Committee (EMSC), urging the panel to include in its final report to the legislature the resumption of energy efficiency requirements balanced with investments in existing natural resources. In a letter to the ESMC chairmen, the legislators maintained that restoring Ohio’s energy benchmarks will diversify the state’s energy portfolio, cut energy costs for consumers, address public health concerns, and spur job growth in new and existing industries.

“A responsible energy plan balances our existing wealth of natural resources with investments in innovative advanced energy technologies,” said Cera. “We have seen the studies and heard the testimony, and it’s clear that without an ‘all of the above’ energy platform, Ohio will fall behind—to the detriment of consumers, workers and families.”

In their letter, the Democratic lawmakers challenged colleagues to reinstate energy policies that have already begun to reduce costs for consumers across Ohio. Data from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) shows energy efficiency programs have saved consumers approximately $1 billion in recent years, with an additional $4 billion in savings projected over the next decade.

The Democratic duo said the committee should incentivize job growth, allow local communities to make zoning decisions regarding new windfarm developments, and study the economic and environmental impacts of reestablishing and bolstering advanced energy sources to support investments in clean coal, co-generation, and other alternative energy development.

“We know renewable technologies are already working to cut consumer costs and create jobs,” said Stinziano. “This balanced strategy will create jobs, put money back into the pockets of hardworking Ohioans and preserve the environment for future generations.”

After seven public hearings this year, the EMSC must deliver a report detailing the committee’s findings to the legislature by September 30. 

You can access the House Democratic report here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/278098425/Energy-Mandates-Study-Committee-OHDC-Report or on www.ohiohouse.gov/democrats