Since Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) canceled a Public Utilities Committee vote on Sub. S.B. 58 – his effort to significantly scale back and revise the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards – in December 2013, Republicans have been debating how best to move forward with addressing their concerns regarding the cost of the energy efficiency and renewable energy benchmark requirements, according to the Gongwer Ohio Report. Hearings are ongoing for S.B. 34, which Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) introduced in February 2013 to completely repeal the requirement that electric distribution utilities and electric services companies provide 25 percent of their retail power supplies from advanced and renewable energy resources by 2025 (See our Feb 1, 2014, blog post – "Ohio Senate committee hears witnesses support the repeal of the state's renewable energy requirement"). However, some Republicans at the Statehouse have expressed doubt that this legislation could pass. Instead Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) is considering returning to the original proposal to impose a moratorium "on increasingly stringent energy efficiency standards," despite the intense opposition this idea was rejected under two years ago. Sens. Frank LaRose (R-Copley Twp.) and Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) have discussed introducing "an easier way for large industrial customers to opt-out of paying energy efficiency riders," but some contest that "[r]equiring ratepayers to opt-in to paying riders that fund energy efficiency programs would raise the cost of power to everybody in the state," the article said.