Ohio governor signs renewable energy bill

By Timothy Charles Holmseth | April 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted May 9, 2008 at 7:16 p.m. CST

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law May 1 an energy bill designed to move the state positively forward using renewable energy.

Senate Bill 221 addresses several issues including electric rates, regulation, energy efficiency, creating a renewable and advanced energy portfolio, modernization of the state's electric infrastructure, and reduction of greenhouse emissions.

Strickland said the goal is to safeguard Ohio families through the implementation of the bill. "We will attract the jobs of the future through an advanced energy portfolio standard," he said. "Today's action by Ohio means that a majority of states now agree that these technologies represent the future of energy in the United States."

The energy bill focuses on the following principles:

  • Transparency and accountability

  • Making sure customers have equal footing with utilities

  • Energy efficiency

  • A strong renewable and advanced energy portfolio

  • Modernizing Ohio's electric infrastructure

  • The need to reduce green house gas emissions

  • Establishing a stable balance between the protections of regulation and the opportunities of competitive markets

"This requirement means that 25 percent of the energy sold in Ohio must come from advanced and renewable energy technologies - from clean coal to wind turbines—by 2025" Strickland said, at the bill signing.