Ohio Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Ohio Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Ohio Revised Code Annotated (ORCA) 4928.64

Energy Efficiency:

Utility efficiency program: ORCA 4928.66(A)(1)(a)

Peak demand reduction: ORCA 4928.66(A)(1)(b)

Hydraulic fracturing: Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 1501:9-1-01 to 1501:9-12-01

Trade secrets: ORCA 1509.10, ORCA 1509.11, and ORCA 1509.23

Regulatory Agencies

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Division of Drinking and Ground Waters

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Mineral Resources Management

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Ohio state legislation has established an alternative energy portfolio standard and energy efficiency provisions.

• Administration and enforcement. The Public Utilities Commission will oversee the implementation and administration of the alternative energy portfolio standard and energy efficiency provisions. Both the OEPA and the ODNR regulate hydraulic fracturing activities in the state.

State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

ORCA 4928.64

The Ohio renewable energy portfolio standard requires 12.5 percent of electricity sold by 2027 to be generated from qualified renewable energy sources. The quantity of energy required to be generated from qualified renewable energy resources will incrementally increase according to the schedule in Table 1 ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements