Ohio state Rep. Kristina Roegner. (Photo via Ohio House of Representatives)

Ohio state Rep. Kristina Roegner. (Photo via Ohio House of Representatives)

New Ohio energy co-chair was also a ‘freeze’ supporter

The new chair of Ohio’s energy study committee, like her co-chair, has a track record of opposing renewable energy policy and ties to the fossil fuel industry.

Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) is the new co-chair for Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee with State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville).

Roegner’s first official meeting with the committee took place last Thursday in Columbus. She replaced outgoing Rep. Peter Stautberg as co-chair.

The legislative committee was formed last year as a result of Senate Bill 310, which Balderson sponsored.

Among other things, SB 310 imposed a two-year freeze on increases in the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. The law also relaxed requirements for what would count toward meeting the standards’ targets.

The statute directs the Energy Mandates Study Committee to study the costs and benefits of Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards and to make recommendations for future energy policy.

A majority of the committee’s members have shown past partiality on the subject of clean energy standards. The same holds true for Roegner.

Roegner voted in favor of freezing and scaling back the standards with SB 310 last year. Plus, she has ties to ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. That group openly advocates for the repeal of renewable energy standards.

Also like most other committee members, Roegner has received campaign contributions from companies and groups with vested interests in energy from fossil fuels.

Since the start of 2010, Roegner has received more than $10,000 each from political action committees and funds linked to the Ohio Oil and Gas Producers and FirstEnergy. Additional contributors include PACs for American Electric Power, Duke Energy, Chesapeake Energy, and other fossil fuel interests.

The data come from the Ohio Secretary of State’s online database.

3 thoughts on “New Ohio energy co-chair was also a ‘freeze’ supporter

  1. Reporters, especially those posing as energy experts, should to “get over it” with regard to using “ties to fossil fuels” slurs. The world does rely and will rely on the lowest cost energy sources that convert durable fuels to consumable products and services. This term “durable” means the fuel can be stored and/or delivered at rates and in quantities convenient to the user and sources include nuclear, coal, petroleum liquids and natural gas. Affordable electricity storage is not an economic substitute for storable or consistently deliverable fuels used to generate electricity.

    If the best argument reporters and environmental zealots can muster in support of named renewables is “ties to fossil fuels” then obviously there is no technical, environmental or economic proposition for the renewables that works. Nobody will stop renewables from gaining market share once they can compete. Go back to the drawing board and find a way to be competitive. Then you won’t require onerous environmental regulations, renewables mandates or other special subsidies to be successful. Honestly: I and the rest of the world hope you are successful.

  2. Thank you Tom.
    You might be interested to know that on a Levelized Cost of Energy basis, onshore wind is currently the least cost energy source. And within 2-5 years, solar pc is projected to be the second lowest -along with gas combined cycle.(Lazard’s -September 2014)
    The reason is_gas/oil are commodities. And extracting them from the earth has become an increasingly expensive business. Solar/wind are technologies_ and as such the cost tends to decrease with time and scale.
    Facts are not on the side of those betting on fossil fuel as energy source, –