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The Other Opponents of Wind Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, freezing Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years. The Ohio State House previously passed SB 310 by a 53-38 vote. This  prompted the usual round of conspiracy theories about ALEC and the Koch brothers. It is really time to look at the other opponents of wind energy.
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Should Ohio Re-examine its Renewable Energy Standards?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCoal is Ohio’s principal energy source, but in 2008 the state legislature adopted adopted renewable energy and energy efficiency standards (SB 221) that require 25% of the electricity supplied by investor owned utilities to be supplied by “alternative energy” sources by 2025. These alternative sources include nuclear power and “clean coal.” Half must come from from renewable sources such as wind and hydropower and at least 0.5% from solar. The nature of this mix is important. A bill (SB 310) is currently before the legislature that would freeze the renewable energy standards at 2014 levels while a house committee studies their cost.
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