Ohioans already are paying more for electricity because of a politically correct state mandate that part of the power needs to come from ''renewable'' sources. As utilities continue moving to comply, it will get worse. A typical family may find themselves paying hundreds of dollars a year solely to ensure the state appears ''green.''
A bill had been introduced in the General Assembly to scrap the renewable energy mandate, enacted in 2008. But The Associated Press reported last week state Senate Public Utilities Chairman William Seitz, R-Cincinnati, said the reform bill has been altered.
It apparently will allow the mandate to remain in place at least through 2018, before being lifted.
As the law stands, utilities are required to produce 12.5 percent of their power from ''renewable'' sources such as wind, solar and hydropower, by 2025. Another 12.5 percent of energy must be obtained from ''advanced'' sources such as nuclear reactors or clean coal generating stations, also by 2025.
Those provisions will not be changed, Seitz told the AP. But some tweaking of the original bill will occur. For example, utilities will be able to use methane gas converters to meet the requirements.
The ''renewables'' mandate should be killed immediately. Ohioans should be permitted to buy their electricity at the lowest cost possible.