Extending Ohio's Freeze on Renewable Energy Standards Will be Met With Opposition

By Peter Krause, Cleveland.com.

You can bet that the debate over Senate Bill 320 will be hearty, if not contentious. The bill, introduced Monday by Ohio State Sen. Bill Seitz, a Republican from Cincinnati, calls for extending the freeze on the renewable-energy requirements imposed on the state's investor-owned utilities. It would also freeze energy-efficiency mandates.

Green-minded advocates and those who see the development of renewable energy as a way to create jobs are dismayed. They believe Ohio is heading backward. Seitz, on the other hand, doesn't buy all the talk about jobs and said he believes renewable energy is overpriced.