Unanimously, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) voted to approve comments prepared for Ohio’s first official response to the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan; the comments cite several concerns over cost and reliability, according to a recent Hannah Report. Federal Energy Advocate Jon Tauber, when presenting an overview of the comments, “used four ‘building blocks’ in the Clean Power Plan to frame his remarks.” Tauber said the implementation schedule for the plan was too ambitious, and that the first building block, increasing the efficiency of fossil fuel power plants, and the second building block, switching to “more low-emitting sources of carbon,” contradict each other. The biggest concern for Ohio is the “push for natural gas plants to account for up to 70 percent of all generation resources,” Tauber said. He stated the EPA plan failed to recognize the dependence on market forces to create incentives for building generating resources in deregulated states, and that the shift from economic to environmental concerns would have a measurable impact on costs to consumers. Another critique of the plan is that it does not give Ohio credit for already-enacted efficiency measures, in effect punishing states that put energy efficiency requirements in place before 2012. PUCO commissioner Asim Haque had previously commented the EPA’s plan could cost Ohio billions of dollars. (For more on this, see our November 17, 2014 blog post.)