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For ALEC-board member State Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati and Akron-based FirstEnergy, the nationâ€™s largest investor-owned utility, the third time has proven a charm.
Throughout the coverage of the bill, Ecowatch was the only Ohio-based media outlet that provided mention or information about ALEC.
The law has raised vocal opposition from environmental advocates, as well as the NAACP
, Ohio veterans, consumer advocates, and manufacturers.
Yet, Senator Seitz
has mused that the 2008 law is a â€˜Bataan Death Marchâ€™ conducted by clean energy interests.
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State Senator - 8th District - William Seitz
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PLSO and the Legislative Committee wish to thank the members of the Southwestern and Cincinnati Chapters, Gary Nichols and Rose Coors, Thomas Schuck, Esq., Representative Louis Blessing III and especially Senator Bill Seitz for their efforts on this issue on behalf of PLSO and Ohio's surveyors.
Bill Seitz, an ALEC board ...
Bill Seitz, an ALEC board member, is a case in point.
A Republican lawyer from Cincinnati, Seitz received more than $70,000 from coal, oil and gas, and utility companies in the 2008 and 2012 election cycles.
Half of that money came from two Ohio-based utilities that rely heavily on coal: American Electric Power, an ALEC member headquartered in Columbus, gave him $21,500, and the Akron-based FirstEnergy contributed $15,000.
Ashland Oil, BP North America, Dominion, Duke Energy, Marathon Oil and Spectra Energy -- all ALEC members -- also donated to his campaigns.
Chairman of the Senate Public Utilities Committee, Seitz has been leading the effort to gut Ohio's energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, which, compared to those in other states, are relatively modest.
In this case, Seitz
failed to get ALEC-sponsored bills passed that would have repealed the standards, but he
was able to push through a bill last summer that stopped the mandated annual increases in their targets for two years to allow a committee to study their impact.
Bill Seitz of Cincinnati, ...
Bill Seitz of Cincinnati, appear ready to adopt looser environmental regulations after months of lobbying from Akron, Ohio-based utility company FirstEnergy.
Seitz is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which is attempting to weaken energy and environmental regulations across the country.
(R-Cincinnati), following an aggressive lobbying effort from national conservative groups.
Seitz is a member of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has teamed up with the conservative Heartland Institute to dismantle state energy regulations.
Akron-based utility company FirstEnergy
previously asked for a review of Ohio's
energy efficiency standards to address the concerns, but Seitz
told Gongwer that the efficiency standards will remain untouched by his
Bill Seitz, who's on the board of directors of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), says he will introduce a bill within two weeks that would cap how much utilities can spend on energy efficiency programs and eliminate requirements for in-state wind and solar power.
working on a bill that would cap how much utilities can spend on energy efficiency programs and eliminate requirements for in-state wind and solar power.
But the proposal isn't completely unique to Ohio, which is just one of many states in which national conservative groups are working to weaken state energy standards.
, a Republican from Cincinnati, told Gongwer that his
bill will keep requirements for utilities to provide 25 percent of their electricity from alternative sources and reduce customers' consumption by 22 percent by 2025.
Seitz is on the board of directors of ALEC, a conservative group that's gone from state to state to push legislation that typically favors corporate interests.
Just a couple weeks after that meeting, Seitz
still intends to rework Ohio's energy standards.
But Ohio may be the first state to buck that trend if Seitz
insists on pushing his
will introduce his
bill in the next two weeks.
, a Cincinnati Republican, says he
will introduce legislation capping how much utilities can spend on energy efficiency programs and scrapping requirements for in-state solar and wind power - two major moves that will weaken Ohio's
Clean Energy Law.
says the changes would keep mandates for utilities to provide one-fourth of their electricity through alternative sources and reduce consumer consumption by 22 percent by 2025.
Environmentalists have been critical of Seitz's review ever since he
announced it in response to pressure from Akron-based FirstEnergy
, which CityBeat
covered in further detail here. (Correction: This paragraph previously said utilities are required to provide one-fourth of their electricity through renewable sources; the requirement actually applies to "alternative sources.")