In 2014, with the signing of Senate Bill 310 (S.B. 310), Ohio became the first state to put a temporary “freeze” on its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and energy efficiency mandates. The law has generated nationwide attention and been criticized as a step back in the state’s clean energy policy. This Note examines the central justifications for the passage of S.B. 310, challenging conventional wisdom that the law does not serve the interests of Ohio citizens. After the passage of Ohio’s RPS in 2008, the economic and energy landscape within the state changed dramatically, due in large part to technological advances allowing for the development of the state’s large natural gas deposits. In order to fully assess these changed conditions, as well as the economic impact the energy mandates were having on ratepayers, Ohio lawmakers passed S.B. 310. While renewable resource advocates argue that increased renewable energy benefits the state of Ohio, this Note argues that S.B. 310 was an example of prudent lawmaking and should serve as a model for other states that have undergone changes in their energy landscape and economic situation since implementing their renewable portfolio standards.
Jeffrey M. Smith,
The Sun Doesn't Always Shine in Ohio: Reevaluating Renewable Portfolio Standards in Light of Changed Conditions,
Mich. J. Envtl. & Admin. L.
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