The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report this week that shows “Ohio’s green energy law can help the state comply with pending federal carbon rules,” Gongwerreports. Despite the two-year freeze enacted on Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards (see our June 13, 2014 blog post for more), the UCS study shows the state “is still on track to meet a 2020 goal for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants,” a non-mandatory benchmark under the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. That plan calls for a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. UCS says that according to its study, “Ohio can meet its mandatory 2030 emissions reduction requirements by strengthening the renewable portfolio standards,” and that “[r]einstating the energy efficiency requirements could also help the state comply.” UCS also recommends “creating a regional program for Midwest states to work together to reduce emissions.” Under such a program, Ohio could sell excess emission reduction credits to other states.