Monday, May 12, 2008

Editor's Pick

The following is a press release from the Ohio Environmental Council

Ohio Lawmakers Give Green Light to Green Energy
OEC-led effort secures strong energy efficiency standard to reduce energy use, save consumers money, grow Ohio jobs

The Ohio Senate today gave final approval to the Ohio Energy Bill (Ohio Senate Bill 221), passing it 32-0. Today’s vote follows a 93-1 vote yesterday in the Ohio House. The bill now moves to Governor Ted Strickland, who is expected to sign it.

Ohio Environmental Council Public Affairs Director Jack Shaner especially hailed the 22% Energy Efficiency Standard included in the bill:

“The State of Ohio finally has recognized our No. 1 indigenous energy resource—energy efficiency. The cheapest and cleanest kilowatt is the one you never need to use. Credit Ohio lawmakers for insisting on a strong standard to ensure that consumers can get the best bang for their ratepayer bucks.”

“We especially want to recognize the leadership of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted (R-Kettering), Ohio House Public Utilities Committee Chair John Hagan (R-Alliance), and State Representative Jim McGregor (R-Gahanna),” said Shaner.

Speaker Husted promised to green up” the bill, and Speaker Husted delivered—big time.


Click Here to Read the Ohio Energy Bill

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