Debate Emerging over Ohio's Energy Efficiency Mandate
Since 2009, Ohio electricity customers have been paying a surcharge on their monthly bills to pay for utility programs that encourage energy efficiency. It’s part of a larger program that state legislators passed, requiring utilities to push down power usage every year, until by 2025 Ohio uses 22 percent less electricity. Now some consumer and environmental activists are worried that Ohio lawmakers might water down the efficiency mandate. In fact, one of the state’s largest electric companies is urging legislators to at least consider a change. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.