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Renewable Mandates

Renewable power mandates – often referred to as “renewable portfolio standards” – force expensive, heavily subsidized electricity on ratepayers and taxpayers while providing few if any net environmental benefits.

The Issue

Many state legislatures are working to freeze, roll back, or repeal renewable power mandates. The number of states with such mandates peaked at 30 in 2009, when Kansas and West Virginia enacted theirs. Both states repealed their mandates in 2015. Several of the remaining 28 states are considering legislation to roll back their mandates. In 2014, Ohio froze its renewable power mandates, halting implementation of stricter planned renewable requirements.

By lowering electricity prices, repealing renewable power mandates will raise living standards, stimulate long-term economic growth, and create a substantial increase in net jobs. Living standards increase because lower-cost electricity frees up money for consumers to purchase additional goods and services that improve their lives. Economic growth and net job numbers increase because the newly available money spent on additional goods and services creates additional jobs throughout the economy.

Our Stance

By lowering electricity prices, repealing renewable power mandates will raise living standards, stimulate long-term economic growth, and create a substantial increase in net jobs.