The Columbus Dispatch wonders if rolling back energy efficiency programs could become a trend, especially after what happened in Indiana and what’s in progress in Ohio. A total of 22 states have efficiency rules on the books, and Indiana is the only one that’s totally dismantled their programs. While some analysts think that there does not seem to be a national anti-efficiency trend, groups like American Legislative Exchange Council, backed by the Koch Brothers, have been known to target renewable and efficiency standards.
Ohio is on the cusp of becoming the first state to significantly ease its renewable-energy standards, a milestone that would be noticed in statehouses across the country where similar debates are being waged.
Proposals have gained traction in Kansas and several other states and have at least been introduced in a dozen or so others.
But none has had as much success as Ohio’s Senate Bill 310, which has passed the Senate and appears poised to pass the House as soon as this week.