Bill to freeze Ohio’s renewable energy standards passes Senate: How they voted on SB 310

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The Ohio Senate stayed late into the early morning last week to pass a bill freezing Ohio's renewable energy laws. Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press, File

By Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group 
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on May 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM, updated May 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A few lawmakers crossed party lines when the Ohio Senate voted Thursday to advance a freeze on Ohio's renewable energy laws.

Senate Bill 310 freezes for two years a 2008 state law requiring utility companies to sell more electricity from renewable sources of energy and requires a committee to study the effects of the renewable energy standards.

The bill also allows companies to look outside of Ohio for more than 50 percent of the energy needed to meet those requirements and makes it easier for companies to opt out of energy efficiency programs.

The bill is the product of months of debate in the Senate, which began with a proposal to end the requirements altogether.

The bill cleared the chamber just after 1 a.m. Thursday in a 21-12 vote, with three Republicans and one Democrat voting against their parties. Sen. Bill Beagle, a Tipp City Republican; Sen. Randy Gardner, a Bowling Green Republican and Sen. Gayle Manning, a North Ridgeville Republican, voted against the bill while Sen. Shirley Smith, a Cleveland Democrat, voted for the bill.

The version passed by the GOP-controlled Senate also had the support of Republican Gov. John Kasich. In a joint statement with Senate President Keith Faber, a Celina Republican, Kasich said the 2008 mandate is "a challenge to job creation and Ohio's economic recovery.

"They are simply unrealistic and will drive up energy costs for job creators and consumers," the statement continues. "However, alternative energy sources are an important component of Ohio's diverse energy portfolio, which is why we've rejected the notion of scrapping Ohio's renewable standards."

The bill is being considered in the House.

See how your lawmaker voted on SB 310 below. Don't know who represents you in Columbus? Find your district here.

Read the full versions and summaries of the bill on the Legislative Service Commission website.

SB 310 Freeze state renewable energy standards.

Greater Cleveland delegation
Senator Party Hometown Vote
Eklund, John Rep. Munson Twp. Yes
LaRose, Frank Rep. Copley Yes
Manning, Gayle Rep. North Ridgeville No
Obhof, Larry Rep. Medina Yes
Patton, Tom Rep. Strongsville Yes
Sawyer, Tom Dem. Akron No
Skindell, Michael Dem. Lakewood No
Smith, Shirley Dem. Cleveland Yes
Turner, Nina Dem. Cleveland No
Balance of the state
Bacon, Kevin Rep. Worthington Yes
Balderson, Troy Rep. Zanesville Yes
Beagle, Bill Rep. Tipp City No
Brown, Edna Dem. Toledo No
Burke, David Rep. Marysville Yes
Cafaro, Capri Dem. Hubbard No
Coley, Bill Rep. Liberty Twp. Yes
Faber, Keith Rep. Celina Yes
Gardner, Randy Rep. Bowling Green No
Gentile, Lou Dem. Steubenville No
Hite, Cliff Rep. Findlay Yes
Hughes, Jim Rep. Columbus Yes
Jones, Shannon Rep. Springboro Yes
Jordan, Kris Rep. Powell Yes
Kearney, Eric Dem. Cincinnati No
Lehner, Peggy Rep. Kettering Yes
Oelslager, Scott Rep. North Canton Yes
Peterson, Bob Rep. Sabina Yes
Schaffer, Tim Rep. Lancaster Yes
Schiavoni, Joe Dem. Boardman No
Seitz, Bill Rep. Cincinnati Yes
Tavares, Charleta Dem. Columbus No
Uecker, Joe Rep. Miami Twp. Yes
Widener, Chris Rep. Springfield Yes

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