Joe Nichols

Don’t Short Circuit the Ohio Electricity Market

Joe Nichols and Devin Hartman October 16, 2017

The Ohio economy depends on an affordable and reliable supply of electricity. Electricity literally powers modern life for Ohioans as we boot up our computers at the office, charge our phones, and crank up the air conditioning on hot summer days. It’s also a key input for manufacturers, which still make up nearly one-fifth of Ohio’s economy and provide hundreds of thousands of Ohioans with good jobs. Manufacturers typically face tough global competition, and rising electricity prices can contribute to a plant cutting its operations—or even closing.

Lawmakers Face a Full Pipeline of Energy Policies

Joe Nichols August 23, 2017

On Monday, Governor Kasich was speaking at the opening of a new natural gas-fired power plant in Oregon, Ohio when he said:

“…I think it’s important that Ohio stay in a deregulated environment which brings in investors. If all of a sudden you don’t have a level playing field, then you don’t have significant investment. It will go in another place.”

Pipelines lead to jobs, security

Joe Nichols August 18, 2017

For decades, Ohioans have been struggling as the state economy fails to generate enough opportunity—in fact, Ohio has the fifth-worst level of private-sector job growth from 1990 to 2016. To reverse this trend, we need companies to invest in Ohio and create jobs.

An Ohio cure for the nuclear subsidy contagion

Joe Nichols July 17, 2017

COLUMBUS – Moving like a virus from state to state, a scheme to subsidize nuclear power plants appeared in New York last year and has spread to Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In Columbus, FirstEnergy is trying to convince lawmakers to establish a “zero emissions nuclear resource program” (ZEN) to prop-up its failing nuclear plants.

Water and sewer pipe issues can't be out of sight, out of mind

Joe Nichols June 18, 2017

Those of you who are tired of getting jarred by potholes on your way to the grocery probably welcomed promises of increased federal infrastructure spending with open arms. Many of those federal dollars flow back to our communities for us to decide how to spend, so it’s important to remember that infrastructure goes deeper than roads and bridges — literally. You probably see crumbling roads daily; what you don’t see are the miles of water and wastewater pipes lying underground that are also in need of replacement.

Rover Pipeline Benefits Ohio

Joe Nichols June 09, 2017

The pipeline would stretch across Ohio from the hills of Appalachia in the southeast part of the state all the way to the Toledo area. Building it will take $620 million in construction payroll that will create 10,000 jobs, with as many as 6,500 of those jobs in Ohio. Rover will also pay more than $120 million to Ohio landowners in direct payments for using their land. This means more Ohioans will have opportunities to work and save for the future.

Don’t Kowtow to Special Interests on Infrastructure

Joe Nichols April 05, 2017

As the old saying goes, “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone,” and as residents of Flint, Michigan and Sebring, Ohio have learned recently, water infrastructure is a critical aspect of modern life that we too often take for granted.

“The Impact of Renewables Portfolio Standards on the Economy”: A Response to Critics

Joe Nichols March 15, 2017

The Economic Research Center recently released a policy report which revealed that Ohio’s RPS will slow economic growth and job creation. Not surprisingly, RPS advocates and special interests lobbyists challenged the Center's findings—albeit by ignoring the evidence and misrepresenting the report. We address several of those challenges and misrepresentations here.

The Impact of Renewables Portfolio Standards on the Ohio Economy

Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Joe Nichols March 03, 2017

The Economic Research Center (ERC) at The Buckeye Institute analyzed the likely economic impacts of the RPS by applying the ERC’s proprietary dynamic model of Ohio’s economy. The ERC’s findings support repealing the mandates entirely.

Review of Wyoming's Fiscal Health

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Tracy C. Miller, Ph.D., and Joe Nichols February 09, 2017

Since 2008, the Wyoming economy has been contracting even as the overall United States economy has been expanding. Job creation is stagnant and Wyomingites are leaving the labor force. State tax revenues are shrinking with the state economy. The sharp downturn in energy commodities is the main culprit behind Wyoming’s downturn.