(COLUMBUS – December 27, 2016) Ohio Governor John Kasich today vetoed House Bill 554, a bill that would have effectively extended the freeze on the state’s clean energy standards. Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards have been frozen for the past two years, costing the state its place as a national leader in the clean energy economy by hampering innovation, investment, and jobs. Before the freeze, these standards saved families money and brought huge investments into the state, supporting more than 25,000 jobs, saving Ohioans over $1 billion on their electricity bills, and slashing the Buckeye State’s air pollution.
“Today Governor Kasich put economic growth over politics, and stood up for a cleaner, healthier energy future for Ohio. With the state’s renewable and efficiency standards back in place, Ohio can reclaim its spot as a clean energy leader, clearing the way for well-paying jobs, millions in investment, and healthier air for all. Ohioans should cheer – it may be winter, but the clean energy freeze has finally thawed.”
- Dick Munson, Director, Midwest Clean Energy
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