Several state legislatures are considering bills this year to repeal or eliminate renewable energy mandates for generating electricity. This week, Greg Lawson of Ohio’s Buckeye Institute arranged for me to testify before the Ohio Senate’s Public Utilities Committee on a bill to repeal their two-part mandate, which was enacted in 2008. Ohio’s law requires that 12.5% of the electricity consumed in Ohio be generated from renewable sources by 2025 and another 12.5% from “advanced energy technologies,” also by 2025. A third title requires major increases in energy efficiency, but it is not targeted for repeal in the bill under consideration.
My testimony is posted here. The other witnesses, all in favor of repeal, were Greg Lawson of the Buckeye Institute, Jay Lehr of the Heartland Institute, Travis Fischer of the Institute for Energy Research, and Michael Farrin, a Ph. D. candidate at Ohio State University. A short summary of the hearing was posted at SaveOurSkylineOhio.
I was impressed by the capability of the Senators on the Public Utilities Committee on both sides of the aisle, but was especially impressed by the chairman, Bill Seitz. He was a major opponent of the renewables mandate when it was passed in 2008 and is now leading the effort to repeal it. The main sponsor of the bill, SB 34, is Senator Kris Jordan, who is not a member of the committee. Ohio is home to several of the leading anti-wind activists in the country, including Tom Stacy, who attended the hearing, along with Kevon Martis, an anti-wind leader in Michigan.