State Legislative Panel will advise that freeze on Ohio's clean-energy rules be continued

By Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch.

A two-year freeze of Ohio’s clean-energy standards would become indefinite under recommendations that legislative Republicans are set to announce today.

The proposal follows about a year of hearings by the Energy Mandates Study Committee, a joint House-Senate panel, and is likely to be greeted with loud objections from advocates for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The committee will cite the federal Clean Power Plan as the main reason for continuing the freeze in state standards, saying that Ohio needs to maintain flexibility to deal with the federal rules, according to a draft of the report obtained from a committee member by The Dispatch.