Gov. John Kasich
Kasich has been notable for his continued support of renewable energy regulations, even as members of his party attempt to weaken them. In late 2016, he vetoed a legislation that would have made state renewable standards voluntary for the next two years. Kasich has urged lawmakers and future office holders to stop their attempts to weaken regulations, as he said they make Ohio attractive to new businesses.
Sen. Sherrod Brown
Brown has voted reliably Democratically on environmental and energy issues. Some of the issues he has consistently approved include keeping a moratorium on drilling offshore, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies and prohibiting drilling in ANWR. He has also voted to allow the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases and voted against approving new oil refineries. In 2009, Brown introduced the IMPACT Act, which created a fund to allow smaller manufacturers to improve energy efficiency. Brown is also an advocate for Great Lakes restoration.
Sen. Rob Portman
In contrast to his Democratic counterpart, Portman voted reliably Republican on most issues. Portman has acknowledged that humans contribute to climate change, but opposes many regulations. In addition, he opposed renewable energy tax credits in a few instances. He is also an advocate for nuclear energy and opposed to cap and trade energy taxes. Portman introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), which attempted to regulate energy efficiency in a way he claimed would “strengthen the economy and reduce pollution.”
Gov. candidate Rich Cordray
Cordray has made renewable energy a large part of his campaign, even
highlighting his ideas in a clean energy plan that is featured on his website. Cordray wants to invest in solar energy, cut regulations on wind energy, allow/make it easier for farmers to put wind turbines on their lands and strengthen renewable energy in the state. He also notes his work in renewable energy during his work as Ohio Treasurer and as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His running mate Betty Sutton also notes that she voted for clean energy legislation reliably when she was in Congress.
Gov. candidate Mike DeWine
Very little outside of interviews has been discussed about DeWine’s thoughts on renewable energy. DeWine has called federal regulations on air and water “government overreach.” He was opposed to President Obama’s policy extending water standards to creeks and streams. He also advocates for coal. DeWine does seem a little more careful of endorsing fracking, as he often says he will “work with the EPA” on fracking and not much else.