On Monday, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's (PUCO) staff released the first draft report detailing how much Ohio's four investor-owned electric distribution utilities (EDUs) and its competitive electric retail service (CRES) providers paid in 2012 to comply with the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS), which features annual benchmarks toward the overall requirement that 12.5 percent of the state's electricity supply come from renewable sources by 2025, according to the Gongwer Ohio Report. According to the report, "[t]he figures for non-solar compliance, representing the total renewable requirement net of the specific solar requirement, show a total compliance obligation of approximately 1.9 million megawatt hours (MWhs) for 2012. Compliance with that figure fell just short of compliance, with 99.8 percent of the necessary RECs having been retired to satisfy the aggregate 2012 compliance obligation." All four EDUs met the benchmark for 2012, which required 1.5 percent to come from renewable energy resources, including 0.06 percent from solar energy resources and 1.44 percent from non-solar energy resources. However, CRES providers "came up a little short of their compliance targets, which PUCO staff said was likely because many of the new companies entering Ohio's market were unfamiliar with the law," the article said. EDUs paid an average of $24.93 for out-of-state renewable energy credits (RECs), while paying $33.51 for in-state RECs. EDUs paid an average of $58.75 for out-of-state solar RECs (SRECs), and $212.23 for Ohio-based SRECs. Based on several impediments noted in the 2012 compliance status reports, the PUCO staff recommended that companies be allowed to "switch to an obligation based upon actual load in the given compliance year."

The comprehensive report features a wealth of data, including the following statistics:

2012 EDU & CRES Compliance: Non-Solar Renewable Resource (In-State)
45 percent – biomass
37 percent – wind
15 percent – hydro
3 percent – coal mine methane (CMM)

2012 CRES Compliance: Non-Solar Renewable Resource (In-State)
72 percent – biomass
24 percent – hydro
4 percent – wind
0.44 percent – CMM

2012 EDU Compliance: Non-Solar Renewable Resource (In-State)
53 percent – wind
32 percent – biomass
11 percent – hydro
4 percent – CMM

2012 EDU and CRES Compliance: Non-Solar Renewable Resources (Out of State)
55 percent – wind
26 percent – biomass
19 percent – hydro

2012 CRES Compliance: Non-Solar Renewable Resource (Out of State)
72 percent – wind
21 percent – biomass
7 percent – hydro

2012 EDU Compliance: Non-Solar Renewable Resource (Out of State)

61 percent – wind
34 percent – biomass
5 percent – hydro

2012 Out of State Solar Resources Used for Compliance (by State)
99 percent – Pennsylvania
0.93 percent – West Virginia
0.27 percent – Kentucky
0.20 percent – Indiana

For more, read the full report.