Opponents Of Energy Bill Make Major Push

By
Andy Chow - Statehouse News Bureau


Updated Tue, May 20, 2014 5:13 pm

Opponents of a bill to freeze Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable standards are making a major push this week - with a TV ad paid for by Advanced Energy Economy Ohio.

From the ad: “Just as our comeback is gaining steam - our state is trying to pass a law that would shut down new energy job growth and send us back to the rust belt.”

Along with that commercial, Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald held a teleconference to discuss his opposition to the bill. FitzGerald says a freeze to the standards would hurt job growth and send a negative message to the rest of the country.

“This is going to be seen as a turning point in whether or not this whole country is going to get its act together when it comes to energy policy," FitzGerald said. "A lot of these energy policies were with the most progressive things happening at the state level and we were a great example of that.”

The bill, which already passed the Senate, is scheduled for a House committee vote on Wednesday and it could also reach the House floor for a vote on the same day. 

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