A Big Change To Ohio's Green Energy Benchmarks Could Be Coming

Last year Gov. John Kasich vetoed another two year freeze on the state's renewable energy benchmarks, saying the freeze would do self-inflicted damage to Ohio's economic competitiveness. That effort is now underway to replace those standards with "goals" with a bill that's supported by more than half the Republican dominated House.

Meanwhile, a report from the conservative think-tank the Buckeye Institute says Ohio could lose more than 134,000 jobs and $15.5 billion in gross domestic product in the next ten years if the standards - which they call mandates - are not repealed.

That's just one of several reports on the impact of those benchmarks since they were enacted in 2008. The report's author, Dr. Orphe Divounguy, talks about it, along with Trish Demeter of the Ohio Environmental Council, which has been critical of proposals to toss out the renewable energy portfolio standards.

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Friday, March 10, 2017