With Senate Bill 310 (SB 310) going into effect September 12, 2014, utility regulators in Ohio have updated the renewable energy certification process. According to the Hannah Report, the PUCO’s “new application for renewable energy certification opens the process up to allow energy produced from biologically derived methane gas and certain old hydroelectric facilities to qualify for renewable energy credits.” With certification, energy producers can sell RECs to utilities to help them meet the requirement to provide at least 12.5% of Ohio’s electricity from renewable sources by 2027, the new deadline created by SB 310. The article reports that “PUCO spokesman Matt Schilling said the applications were updated to reflect changes to the renewable energy portfolio implemented through SB 310, which takes effect Friday.” Environmental groups argue that these changes “would devalue RECs and encourage development of less environmentally-friendly sources.”