On Thursday, May 8, 2014, the Ohio Senate passed legislation freezing the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency benchmarks at 2014 levels for two years, The Columbus Dispatch reports. S.B. 310, which now heads to the House of Representatives, has the standards "automatically resume in 2017 and continue through 2027" should the legislature take no additional action. The two years are meant to allow time for a new legislative panel to study issues related to the standards. Ohio Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) introduced S.B. 310 in late March (See our May 5, 2014, blog post for more information). The original bill "called for a permanent freeze," but was changed to temporary following negotiations with Gov. John Kasich, the article said. For more, read the full story.