Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee recently heard testimony about the current state of PJM Interconnection, Ohio’s regional transmission organization, as well as the future of renewable and alternative energy sources “in a competitive electric grid,” according to a recent Hannah Report. Joseph Bowring, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s market monitor for PJM, provided “tables comparing Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards (RPS) to other member states,” which showed that “Ohio’s ‘frozen’ portfolio standards fall well below all other PJM states except Indiana and Michigan,” with Michigan only a half point below Ohio. Ohio Vice-Chair Stephen Bennett from the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) said the state could increase residential competition by eliminating barriers “to increase customer choice at the residential level,” citing as one example the direct enrollment with a competitive retail electric service (CRES) provider. Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) urged the committee to “defend and expand state RPS programs.” Gallagher quoted a Gallup poll that showed “91 percent of Americans want the U.S. to place more emphasis, or the same emphasis on solar development,” saying solar energy received more support across political party lines than any other energy source. The committee concluded with “a panel discussion on combined heat and power.”