Ohio Senate Republicans are rumored to be preparing a bill for introduction as early as this week that would freeze the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency benchmarks, Columbus Business First and The Columbus Dispatch report. Details are scarce, but it does appear that while Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) is "involved in the bill's process," he does not plan to introduce the bill himself, The Dispatch reports. The effort follows nearly a year's worth of hearings and work in the Statehouse on S.B. 58 – a proposal to scale back the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards that lost significant momentum after the bill's sponsor, Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), called off a final hearing and vote in December (See our Feb 6, 2014, blog post for more information). The new bill also joins S.B. 34 – a proposal Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) first introduced in February 2013 to repeal the renewable energy requirement completely that received its second hearing earlier this year.