In December 2016, Gov. John Kasich rightly vetoed a measure designed to weaken the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. Thus, Ohio held to the objectives approved overwhelmingly by lawmakers in 2008. That is, with a significant catch. In a separate action, the legislature dramatically narrowed the setback requirement for wind turbines. So, the past four years, investment in wind power has all but vanished here, with the result that the state has fallen behind in renewable energy.

The opportunity has been there for the Republican majorities to make certain whether Ohio is committed to developing clean alternatives. The opening has yet to be seized. The House has sided with the wholly inadequate, a set of voluntary standards. The Senate appears determined to deliver something better, though, in important ways, short of what the state has now.

In May, Troy Balderson, the chairman of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, joined his Republican colleague Bill Beagle in unveiling what they described as a compromise measure. Most appealing is that substitute House Bill 114 would repair the wind setback problem, inviting the investment that has been missing and has accelerated in neighboring states.

The proposal also sustains mandatory standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Unfortunately, the standards leave the state as more the laggard than leader.

Consider that the current standards call for 12.5 percent of the state’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2027. The Balderson-Beagle legislation sets the target at 8.5 percent by 2022, and it would remain there. That may seem a leap from the current 2.2 percent. Yet it hardly rates as ambitious compared to peer states.

The story is the same for energy efficiency. The standard would drop from the current 22.2 percent reduction in electricity use by 2027 to 17.2 percent by 2026. As it is, some analysts warn that given the wiggle room permitted by the bill, the real mark is closer to 10 percent.

All of this is better than a voluntary approach. Balderson and Beagle talk about “getting it right” rather than hurrying to pass something. In that spirit of “right,” they would do well to heed to the thinking of a coalition of companies, researchers and advocates who make the case for moving quickly on both fixing the wind setback requirement and embracing strong standards.

Preferably, that would mean something equivalent to the standards in place, or at least close. It matters less about the precise deadline or percentage than setting a mark that spurs investment, leading to economic activity and jobs.

That, essentially, is the message of a recent letter to legislative leaders from companies, including Dow Chemical, the Cleveland Clinic, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson Controls, Nestle and United Technologies. General Motors appears on a path to operating its plants in Indiana and Ohio entirely with renewable energy by year’s end.

Two weeks ago, a similar coalition led by businesses released “Powering Ohio,” a report put together by Synapse Energy Economics and the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University. The study urges Ohio to create an environment in which clean energy would flourish, projecting the state could attract $25 billion in investment and add 20,000 jobs.

A key element in getting there is the commitment of public policymakers, state lawmakers with the job of embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy standards that work to the clear advantage of Ohioans.