UPDATE: Ohio Lawmakers Examine Energy-Target Proposal

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 5/27/2014 3:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A legislative panel is taking another look at a bill delaying the phase-in of Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency standards.

The contentious proposal addresses targets for how much energy Ohio utilities must generate from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2025.

House Public Utilities Chairman Peter Stautberg had delayed the vote to Tuesday after intensive lobbying last week.

Opponents, including advanced-energy companies, faith and civil-rights leaders and environmentalists, have lobbied hard against the two-year pause in the standards negotiated by Gov. John Kasich and senators. They say such targets promote environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels and create high-tech jobs in the growing alternative-energy sector.

The bill's backers contend the targets drive up prices for average electric consumers who have been given little choice in the matter.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Senate approved a bill delaying phase-in of Ohio's alternative-energy targets for two years to give a legislative panel time to study the issue.

Senators approved the contentious bill just after 1 a.m. Thursday, sending it to the Ohio House.

Lawmakers initially sought a permanent freeze in phasing in the 7-year-old standards. They backed off that plan Wednesday. The approved bill retains the targets unless lawmakers act on recommendations of a 12-member commission by 2017.

The freeze was broadly criticized by consumer advocates, manufacturers, alternative energy producers and environmentalists.

Senate leaders and Gov. John Kasich, a fellow Republican, struck the compromise.

Under a 2008 law, Ohio utilities must produce 12.5 percent of energy from renewables and 12.5 percent from advanced sources by 2025.

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