Some members of the Energy Mandates Study Committee are considering extending the freeze on Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards while they wait for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clarify its rules about carbon pollution (for more on this, see our June 5, 2014 blog post), according to a recent Gongwer Ohio report. Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) “recalled that Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler told the study committee that there were too many unanswered questions about the draft rules to determine whether or not the state’s alternative energy portfolio would help the state comply.” Roegner is “leaning toward an extension of the freeze,” noting that Butler pointed out that the federal rules use 2012 levels to calculate reduction targets, and that 138 million tons of carbon emissions dropped from Ohio plants in the past 10 years would not be counted. Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) said he would rather reinstate the standards, although at a less aggressive rate. The U.S. EPA is expected to finalize the carbon pollution rules in late summer.