National surveys show consumers’ mood is brightening, and it’s not just holiday cheer. The more positive outlook has a lot to do with the steep drop in gasoline prices since last summer. 2015 holds the promise of more price relief not only at the gas pump but also at grocery stores.
U-S Senators From Ohio Split Votes On EPA Rules.
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Ohio’s two U-S senators split their votes on a proposed measure to limit the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency. Republican George Voinovich voted in favor of a resolution to prevent the federal agency from imposing greenhouse gas rules on states without congressional approval. Democrat Sherrod Brown voted to keep the EPA’s authority in tact. The new rules are expected to have an economic impact in Ohio where consumers get most of their electricity from coal-fired power plants.
Ohio’s utilities are staring down a big goal – getting a quarter of the power they sell from alternative resources by 2025. That’ll be quite a change, since right now the state gets more than 85 percent of its power from coal. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler sat down with spokespeople from three key energy industries to talk about meeting Ohio’s energy needs.