With the Clean Power Plan and enhanced tax policies in place, Ohio could see up to 90 percent growth in its capacity for combined heat and power and waste heat to power.
An Ohio legislative committee’s report recommending a continued freeze of the state’s clean energy and efficiency standards includes recommendations to further weaken those policies.
A report from an Ohio lawmakers’ committee left out crucial topics that state law required the group to consider in its review of the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency laws.
Ohio lawmakers charged with reviewing the costs and benefits of the state’s clean energy standards limited the testimony they received during hearings that were used to justify a two-year “freeze” on those standards.
Resuming Ohio’s clean energy standards could bring big health benefits, according to an analysis released last week by environmental advocates.
Ohio farmers, businesses and others remain interested in solar energy, despite the impact of a legislative freeze in the state’s renewable portfolio standards, and a university program is helping them make informed decisions.
In 2014, Ohio Senate Bill 310 temporarily rolled back renewable and energy efficiency standards. On its heels, state House Bill 483 significantly increased the property setback for wind turbines, thus increasing project costs. Now clean energy business executives and advocates say that money is flowing out of Ohio at a rapid rate as renewable energy companies look to greener pastures for their products and services.
Ohio has three years to submit a plan under federal Clean Power Plan rules issued earlier this month. But action by a state legislative committee next month could shape that plan and how much it will cost.
Both witnesses slated for a meeting with Ohio lawmakers on Monday want the state to scrap its clean energy standards altogether—a move that supporters of the law say would cause Ohio to miss out on investments and job growth.
Motorcars Honda in Cleveland has installed what it says is the largest solar canopy of its type erected by any automobile dealership in the country.