[Utility company] FirstEnergy's CEO said that his company is "being hurt by various mandates that drive down electricity demand." The company has even asked its customers to push for the bill freezing the clean energy and efficiency standards.
Yet FirstEnergy admitted to state regulators that the law's efficiency standards helped consumers save $2 for every $1 spent. In total, the energy efficiency program has saved Ohio $1 billion in formerly wasted energy.
If it looks like a fascistic cabal is in control"
The bill Gov. Kasich signed June 13, Senate Bill 310, attacks all this. The bill "freezes" the 2025 mandate to allow for a two year "study," which look more like time to organize to repeal the legislation entirely. One indication of the bad faith at the heart of the Kasich bill is that it no longer requires utilities to buy Ohio renewables, both a gift to the big utilities and a blow to renewable energy companies, with ratepayers picking up the expense (Green Tech Media fears the bill will "end new wind farms in Ohio"). The bill also cuts the renewable energy annual benchmarks already enacted in 2008 by as much as 55% each year. This literally requires energy producers to make no progress whatsoever on climate change until the end of 2017.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), for those who have forgotten, is a frequently dishonest, secretive, corporate-funded, legal entity whose mission is to corrupt enough state legislators so that ALEC's benefactors can achieve national legislative goals state-by-state, by semi-stealth, free from national media or Congressional scrutiny. Alec describes itself with as much accuracy as dishonesty as "the nation's largest, non-partisan, individual public-private membership association of state legislators," where the unmentioned members are the controlling corporate operatives and where "non-partisan" means "willing to be bought regardless of party affiliation."
From ALEC's perspective, the public has no role in making public policy beyond docile acquiescence.
One of ALEC's prime techniques is to develop corporate-interest legislation in secret task forces, creating "model" bills that their covert, Manchurian-legislator members can then take home and shill as their own handiwork. Long used to operating in relative obscurity (since its founding in 1973), ALEC was exposed through a massive document leak in 2011, reported by John Nichols in the Nation:
ALEC's model legislation reflects long-term goals: downsizing government, removing regulations on corporations and making it harder to hold the economically and politically powerful to account.