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Ohio's Three Largest Cities Urge Republicans Not to Freeze Renewable Energy Standards

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More policymakers are coming out against an attempt to overhaul the state’s energy efficiency and renewable policies. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that opposition is coming from top city leaders.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

The highly contentious bill that would freeze Ohio’s renewable and efficiency standards is raising strong concerns from the state’s largest cities.

The standards were created by law in 2008. It calls on utilities to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable and alternative sources by 2025. It also sets a benchmark of 22 percent energy savings by the same year.

In a letter to Statehouse leaders, Democratic Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the possible standards freeze in the Republican-sponsored bill would harm consumers and stall the state’s transition to clean energy.

Coleman’s environmental policy adviser, Erin Miller, urges that the standards are extremely helpful to city development.

“It makes it easier for businesses to relocate to Ohio or be creative here in Columbus," Miller said. "Having the standards frozen will basically undermine all the efforts of those businesses.”

Top leaders from Cleveland and Cincinnati have also asked the General Assembly to keep the current standards in place.

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