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.")