Ohio’s Energy Mandate Supporters Fail to Make Their CaseSep 17, 2015
By Joe Nichols
On September 3, 2015, the House Democrats on the Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee released their “House Democratic Report on Our Diverse Energy Future” arguing that the state’s energy mandates should be reinstated. These mandates, collectively known as the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS), required Ohio electric utility companies to artificially increase their renewable energy output and implement programs to reduce electricity consumption. The General Assembly rightly suspended these counterproductive requirements in 2014 and the House Democratic Report does not justify their reinstatement.
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1. Energy Mandates Study Committee, “The House Democratic Report on Our Diverse Energy Future,” September 2015, http://www.scribd.com/doc/278098425/ Energy-Mandates-Study-Committee-OHDC-Report.
2. Am. Sub. S.B. 221, 127th Ohio General Assembly, (2008).