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MORPC OPPOSES BILL THAT WILL FREEZE ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
MAY 12, 2014

MORPC is opposing Senate Bill 310 (SB 310) as introduced due to the bill's attempt to freeze existing energy efficiency and advanced energy standards established through SB 221.

In MORPC’s 2014 Public Policy Agenda, the Commission adopted a top goal to promote energy efficiency and safe, reliable and affordable sources of energy for our region. Upon review and discussion with MORPC membership, MORPC believes SB 310 would undermine this goal and negatively impact Central Ohio in several critical ways.

Concerns raised with SB 310 include Central Ohio’s ability to be prepared and plan for ramifications of stricter federal regulations of the Clean Air Act; programs that produce savings for both taxpayers and ratepayers being jeopardized; and the threat to diversifying our region’s energy generation portfolio to ensure availability and stability of energy for our growing region.

Meanwhile, negotiations between Senate Republicans and Governor Kasich have resulted in an agreement to change SB 310’s permanent freeze on annual increases in “green” energy and energy efficiency standards to a two-year freeze. If the legislature fails to set a new course in that time, then annual increases set six years ago would re-start in 2017 and continue until 2027.

On May 5 MORPC submitted a letter of opposition to Senator Balderson, the sponsor of SB 310. A substitute bill was introduced on May 7 and MORPC will be reviewing the new provisions for its impact on the Central Ohio region and our communities.

For more information contact Sarah McQuaide at smcquaide@morpc.org or 614.233.4130.