The first meeting of the Energy Mandates Study Committee was just the beginning of “a lot of work” members have to do, committee co-chairs Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) and Rep. Peter Stautberg (R-Cincinnati) said, according to a recent Hannah Report. Balderson addressed rumors of “cursory findings and lack of due diligence,” stating, “We’re not going to have this finished by January. The goal of this committee is to get some answers,” Hannah reports. A miscommunication led to shorter testimony from Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Chairman Tom Johnson than the panel expected at that first meeting, Gongwer reports (for more on this, see our December 2, 2014 blog post.) Balderson noted that the committee is “focused on how much green energy requirements cost consumers,” according to Gongwer. Committee members asked Johnson whether the PUCO can confirm indications that the energy requirements have increased consumers’ generation rates by 6–8%, and asked for data “comparing the cost of renewable energy credits from in-state and out of state and job creation figures for the green energy law along with the cost per job,” among other information, Gongwer reports. Johnson said he would work on getting answers to the committee’s questions.