Statement of R. Neal Elliott, Senior Director for Research
ACEEE commends Governor Kasich for his veto of H.B. 554, which would have undermined energy efficiency programs in the state. The governor’s courageous action in the face of opposition from legislators from his own party means that Ohio will maintain its position as an energy efficiency leader in the Midwest. In the last decade, expanded energy efficiency programs have saved Ohioans hundreds of millions of dollars, while supporting an estimated 78,000 jobs in the state. The governor’s veto is an important step in keeping these programs intact, but it is not the end. Unfortunately, the legislative leadership has already indicated that they will try to turn back the clock next year. We encourage the governor to continue to stand up for utility customers in the Buckeye State against these continued attacks.