Ohio Businesses Urge Lawmakers To Thaw Clean Energy Freeze

By Samantha Williams, National Resources Defense Council.

Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency industry is at a critical inflection point.

As we round the corner on the last few months of the year (and the final weeks that Ohio’s General Assembly will be in session), large multi-national companies are making clear that they want strong efficiency and renewable energy standards to be at the forefront of Ohio’s energy policy.

Back in 2014, lawmakers made the now-infamous decision to freeze the state’s wildly successful clean energy standards, which had been in place since 2009. Now, two years later, the results of the freeze are what you might expect, having become a cautionary tale for other states—and for Ohio’s next move on energy policy.