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What They Are Saying: HB 554

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

WHIRLPOOL, NESTLE, AMERESCO, CLIF BAR, GAP INC., JLL, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ENERGY SERVICE COMPANIES

“[Governor Kasich] has sent a clear market signal that clean energy jobs, investment and innovation are welcome in Ohio. Businesses like ours rely on renewable energy and energy efficiency standards in order to cut costs, avoid energy price volatility and stay competitive.”

COLLIN O’MARA, PRESIDENT & CEO, NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

“Governor Kasich has demonstrated that he has a vision for Ohio’s clean energy future. By vetoing House Bill 554, the Governor shows his commitment to creating jobs, growing the economy, and reducing harmful carbon emissions.”

DAVID YARNOLD, PRESIDENT & CEO, AUDUBON

“Conservative politics and profitable clean energy go hand-in-hand. Governor Kasich gets it and Ohioans owe him a big thanks.

“Ohio has been a leader on renewable energy and Governor Kasich has ensured that Ohio will keep moving forward.”

LUKE SULFRIDGE, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, OH SUN

“We applaud Governor Kasich for his commitment to Ohio’s clean energy economy.”

LAURA BURNS, OHIO COORDINATOR, MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE IN OHIO

“By vetoing House Bill 554, Governor John Kasich has not only demonstrated his commitment to a clean energy economy in Ohio, but he has also ensured that our children will be protected from air pollution. We thank Governor Kasich for his leadership.”

DICK MUNSON, DIRECTOR OF MIDWEST CLEAN ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND

“Today Governor Kasich put economic growth over politics, and stood up for a cleaner, healthier energy future for Ohio. Ohioans should cheer – it may be winter, but the clean energy freeze has finally thawed.”

TYLER DUVELIUS, STATE DIRECTOR, CHRISTIAN COALITION OF OHIO

“We are grateful for Governor Kasich’s leadership on the issue of energy reform.”

JEN MILLER, DIRECTOR, SIERRA CLUB OHIO

"We commend Governor Kasich for vetoing the Ohio Legislature's attempt to tie our state to outdated, dirty, and expensive energy sources. The return of energy efficiency and renewable energy standards will benefit all Ohioans, as Ohio’s clean energy programs result in lower energy costs, job creation, and improved air quality.”

HEATHER TAYLOR-MIESLE, PRESIDENT, THE OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL ACTION FUND

“I applaud Gov. Kasich for showing true leadership and vetoing this bill. HB 554 is a sloppy piece of legislation that could increase electric bills and clog our air with pollution while hampering innovation and job growth.”

MIKE HARTLEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OHIO CONSERVATIVE ENERGY FORUM

“The Ohio Conservative Energy Forum applauds Governor Kasich’s veto of House Bill 554. His actions send a clear message that clean energy will be part of Ohio’s energy portfolio and renewable energy can co-exist with traditional energy sources.”

ROB KELTER, SENIOR ATTORNEY, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER

“The governor’s veto today is a positive step towards a clean energy future for Ohio. Ohio needs a balanced energy policy that includes renewable energy and energy efficiency. Business owners in the state’s renewable energy sector and energy efficiency sectors need certainty about Ohio’s direction so they can continue to invest in the state and create jobs. This balanced approach also benefits Ohio utility customers because it will help lower their bills.”

TODD FOLEY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ACORE

"The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) commends Governor Kasich for his leadership in promoting private sector investment and development in electricity infrastructure in Ohio.  His action to veto HB 554, lifting the freeze and reinstating the RPS, sends an important signal to renewable energy investors and developers that Ohio is once again open for business. According to our analysis led by leading companies investing, developing and using renewable power, reinstating the RPS could lead to over $25 billion in new investment in Ohio and construction of thousands of megawatts of cost-competitive renewable power. "

JOSH KNIGHTS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY IN OHIO

“Gov. Kasich should be applauded for vetoing legislation that would have extended the current freeze on Ohio’s clean energy standards.  Before they were frozen, the standards helped cut pollution and energy bills while creating thousands of jobs and bringing millions of investor dollars to the state.  The legislation – rushed through the General Assembly during its post-election session – would have ceded Ohio’s leadership on clean energy to other states.  The standards will come back in 2017, thanks to Gov. Kasich.”