Billions of dollars—that’s what Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) vice chairman Asim Haque says it could cost the state to meet the goals of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan announced in June of this year, according to a recent Columbus Business First article. (For more on this, see our June 9, 2014 blog post.) Haque is PUCO’s point-man on the EPA’s proposed plan, he said at a recent Ohio Advanced Energy Economy symposium. The concern is over “one of the four building blocks the EPA recommends states use to meet the proposed standards,” calling for “natural gas combined cycle plants to be used at up to 70 percent capacity.” Haque says “the PUCO’s analysis ‘shows that particular building block will cost billions.’” Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standard benchmarks were frozen this year by the passage of Senate Bill 310, which many green energy advocates believe will hinder Ohio’s ability to comply with the EPA’s proposal (see our June 5, 2014 blog post for more on this). For more, read the full article