Last Friday, Ohio Senate Republicans introduced S.B. 310 to freeze the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency benchmarks for utilities at 2014 levels (See our March 28, 2014, blog post for more information). Then, on Wednesday, Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) delivered sponsor testimony on the bill before the Senate Public Utilities Committee. Sen. Balderson said that the measure would "prevent electricity bills from continuing to rise," according to the Gongwer Ohio Report. Speaker Bill Batchelder (R-Medina) came out in support of the bill, saying that he expected it to pass the House quickly "after two or three hearings."  In addition to freezing the "current level of 2.5 percent of all the kilowatt hours of electricity that utilities sold, with 0.12 percent of that coming from solar energy resources and at least half of the total coming from facilities within the state," S.B. 310 proposes to require the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to adopt rules outlining "how it will disclose the costs of the standards on customers' utility bills." It would also establish a 21-member Energy Mandates Study Committee "consisting of various interest groups affected by the requirements [who would be] tasked with conducting a cost-benefit analysis on the effects of maintaining the standards in current law versus the 2014 levels going forward," the article said.