As noted here previously, Ohio State Senator Kris Jordan (R-Powell) has introduced a bill that would repeal Ohio's renewable portfolio standard ("RPS"), requiring that the state's electric utilities provide 25 percent of their retail energy supply from advanced and renewable energy sources such as clean coal, wind, and solar energy by 2025 -- subject to a three percent cost cap on rate impacts. The full text of the S.B. 216, co-sponsored by Senators Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) and Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati).
Ohio's RPS was enacted in 2008 with broad bipartisan support and has since spurred extensive advanced energy development in the State. The sponsors argue the RPS increases energy costs for Ohio's businesses and households and does not create the jobs touted by advanced energy supporters.
Current news coverage of the bill:
September 9, 2011 Toledo Blade
September 8, 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek