Ohio House debates renewable energy and misinformation abounds

The Ohio House of Representatives just debated and passed another bill to rollback the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard. Proponents of the bill – HB 114 – engaged in misleading attacks on the booming renewable energy industry. What follows are...

/ March 31, 2017

Chairman of Ohio House Public Utilities Committee owned Duke Energy and Spectra Energy stocks

Representative Bill Seitz owned Duke Energy and Spectra Energy stocks while he led efforts to rollback Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards during his previous stint in the Ohio Senate. Rep. Louis Blessing III similarly owned ExxonMobil and Chevron stocks in 2015,...

/ March 29, 2017

Documents reveal who’s behind RPS and RGGI repeal bills in New Hampshire

February 14, 2017 update: A bill to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will be retained the committee for now, the bill’s sponsor told ICIS Analytics. Republican Jeb Bradley, the New Hampshire Senate Majority leader, also told the Associated Press that he doesn’t...

/ February 3, 2017

Follow the money behind attacks on clean energy in Ohio

December 28, 2016 update: Republican Governor John Kasich has vetoed legislation – HB 554 – that would have effectively extended the freeze on Ohio’s clean energy standards for another two years by making them voluntary. The standards will now be unfrozen on...

/ December 6, 2016

Ohio Energy Study Committee Relied Upon Flawed Testimony

The Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee relied on a flawed testimony from Strata Policy, a front group with financial ties to the Koch Brothers.

/ September 30, 2015

Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee Relies on Fossil Fuel Interests to Attack Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS)

Ohio legislators should be cautious of any action to freeze, eliminate, make voluntary or weaken the standard because the study committee will be forced to rely on special interest groups to come to their conclusion.

/ September 29, 2015

Revealed: Public Records Between Senator Seitz and Utility Companies

Internal emails reveal how ALEC, utility industry representatives, and front groups have been working to influence the members of the Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee.

/ September 17, 2015

The repeated effort by Ohio ALEC members to end the state’s clean energy law

Internal emails reveal how ALEC, utility industry representatives, and front groups have been working to influence the members of the Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee.

/ September 17, 2015

Illinois Renewable Energy Attacked

In the early weeks of Illinois’ 2015 legislative session, environmental and business groups came together to form the “Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition” to push for a new renewable energy and energy efficiency standard. A bill designed to increase the current...

/ July 28, 2015

Connecticut Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

Representative Mitch Bolinsky introduced a bill, HB 6026, in January 2015 to freeze Connecticut’s Renewable Energy Standard. The legislation proposed would have suspended the clean energy law for five years, but the bill did not move forward after being referred...

/ July 28, 2015