The Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee recently held its fourth hearing on S.B. 34, which Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) introduced in February 2013 to completely repeal the requirement that electric distribution utilities and electric services companies provide 25 percent of their retail power supplies from advanced and renewable energy resources by 2025. Witnesses who testified in support of the repeal were Travis Fischer, policy associate for the Institute for Energy Research; Michael Farren, a PhD candidate at Ohio State University on his own behalf; Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Energy and Environment; Greg Lawson of the Buckeye Institute; and Jay Lehr, science director for the Heartland Institute. According to the Gongwer Ohio Report, Fischer described the standards as harmful to the economy and said they destroy more jobs than they create, while Lawson said the "energy landscape" has dramatically changed since the standards were developed, particularly with respect to the shale boom. See our Feb 6, 2014, blog post for more information.
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