Consumers and businesses will see their electric bills go up if Governor Kasich signs a new bill rolling back Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, according to a letter sent to the governor on Wednesday by a coalition of 51 companies and 21 organizations.
Meanwhile, the governor’s office said Wednesday that he will sign the bill, which puts a two-year freeze on standards that call for reducing the state’s reliance on nonrenewable fossil fuels, such as coal.
The letter said the rollback is particularly problematic given Monday’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of proposed rules requiring a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fueled power plants by 2030.
While the letter sent to the governor doesn’t specifically ask him to veto the bill, it outlines what the signers say is wrong with the legislation.
But the governor’s office on Wednesday, said the governor will sign the energy mandate rollback, known as Senate Bill 310. In addition to the two-year freeze, the legislation sets up a study committee and states an intention to permanently reduce energy efficiency and renewable energy rules.