Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed the controversial SB 310 into law, which means there will be a two-year freeze on annual increases in renewable energy and energy efficiency standards in Ohio.
The bill has been lauded by public utilities and many large companies, and gained the support of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Environmental groups, however, have condemned the bill, saying it provides a disincentive to the creation of jobs related to renewable energy in Ohio and will have a negative effect on the environment.
According to the Dispatch, Kasich signed the bill behind closed doors and did not release any accompanying statements.
Margeaux Kimbrough and Apps Akpofure published a post on June 4 explaining SB 310 and some of the specifics on what it would do if enacted.
It’s not clear what effect, if any, the passage of SB 310 will have on compliance with new EPA rules which may require Ohio to cut its CO2 emissions by up to 30% by 2030 says the Dispatch.