Category Archives: energy

Federal overregulation and Ohio’s electricity market, Part II: Harming consumers and the economy

Just like Ohio’s state renewable energy mandate, federal power plant emission regulations drive up electricity costs and risk reliability by directly interfering with the state energy market. The coal plants that are being closed generally cost somewhat more to operate …

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Federal overregulation and Ohio’s electricity market, Part I: High cost, low benefit

Government overregulation recently caused American Electric Power (AEP) to shut down several coal plants—including one of Ohio’s largest generators—in May. Even more power plant retirements are looming due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) imminent “Clean Power Plan” for carbon …

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Putting money in your pocket: New study finds consumers benefit from shale gas boom

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research underscores the economic benefits of shale drilling and strengthens the case against Governor Kasich’s proposed severance tax increase.  Imposing such a high severance tax on shale gas drilling would curtail …

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Ohio’s Severance Tax Policy Should Look Beyond 17th Century Economics

In his 2015 State of the State Address, Governor Kasich argued that Ohio needed to increase the tax on oil and gas extraction—the severance tax—because removing oil and gas from the ground makes Ohio poorer.  Is this true?  Is Ohio …

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Why Ending the Renewable Energy Mandate is Good for Ohio Families and the Economy

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently reported, with regret, that investment in Ohio’s renewable energy industry fell from $750 million in 2012 to $100 million in 2013. But as The Buckeye Institute’s new report explains, ending the renewable energy mandates will …

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New U.S. EPA Rules Will Crush Ohio Recovery

The U.S. EPA recently proposed two crushing sets of regulations—the Clean Power Plan aims to reduce CO2 emissions, while the other is a plan for ozone reduction. There are four major issues with these plans that should concern all Ohioans: …

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan Will Hit Ohio’s Most Vulnerable the Hardest

A new report by Dr. Wayne Winegarden at the Pacific Research Institute strengthens the case for free energy markets and shows how government-mandated “green energy” policies deliver unintended consequences. Dr. Winegarden finds that while the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will …

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