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Cincinnati Green Apple Day of Service at Ayer Elementary Posted by admin on 10/10/14 in Uncategorized

This year’s Green Apple Day of Service at Ayer Elementary has been a resounding success!

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What is the new Ohio “Energy Mandates Study Committee” created by Senate Bill 310? Posted by Nadja Turek on 10/10/14 in Advocacy

Adapted from Ohio Advanced Energy Economy and by Nadja Turek

You may recall Senate Bill 310 passed the Ohio Legislature this summer and went into effect earlier this month.  The original intent of the sponsors of SB 310 was to “freeze” Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards (they were previously growing each year until 2025) and convene an “Energy Mandates Study Committee.” Bizarrely, the law also states that the legislature will, upon reviewing results of the study, “enact legislation…that will reduce the renewable energy resource, energy efficiency, and peak demand reduction mandates,” seeming to predetermine the legislative outcome before the study is even done.

Just what is the “Energy Mandates Study Committee” and what is it tasked to do? Here are some of the details of the legislation regarding the committee. Comprised of six members of the House of Representatives and six members of the Senate, with the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission serving as an ex-officio member, the committee is charged with studying a variety of issues and eventually submitting a report to the General Assembly.

The issues to be studied include:

  • Cost benefit analysis of the renewable energy, energy efficiency and peak demand reduction requirements
  • Evidence-based standards for reviewing future standards
  • Potential benefits of an opt-in system for energy standards
  • Recommendation as to whether or not electric distribution utilities and electric services companies may pass charges along to consumers for compliance to the energy standards
  • Review the risk of increased electric grid congestion due to future retirement of coal-fired power plants
  • Analyze potential alternatives for the development of advanced energy resources
  • Asses the environmental impact of the energy standards
  • Review payments made by electric distribution utilities to third party administrators and the economic benefits they have on consumers

Last week the Senate members of the Study Committee were announced and five of six of the Senate appointees were proponents of SB 310 – including most prominently Cincinnati Republican Senator Bill Seitz (District 8), who has waged a campaign against Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards since last year. You can view him speaking on his position in a video on his website here.

The House Speaker has not yet appointed that chamber’s members but is expected to do so soon. Needless to say, the task at hand for the committee will require substantial work by its members.  A thoughtful analysis should provide for a framework for policy makers to ensure Ohioans have access to affordable energy. It never hurts to contact your State Senator and Representative and express your expectation that the “study committee” will provide a fair and thoughtful analysis for the legislature.

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Dayton Green Apple Day of Service Project a Success Posted by Nadja Turek on 10/10/14 in Events, Green Living, Schools

The Dayton Green Apple Day of Service took place on Saturday, Sept 27th at EchoingU Dayton.

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