Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Garbage and old tires would be considered renewable energy sources under proposals in the senate version of Ohio's budget bill for the next two years.
The Ohio Consumers' Counsel, the Sierra Club and others who support wind and solar power oppose efforts to classify trash as a renewable resource to burn at generating stations.
Republicans who control the senate say the rules may help create jobs and are at least worth talking about.
Strickland administration officials say they are willing to talk about the proposals, but not as part of the budget bill.
Under Ohio's Renewable Energy Laws, electric utilities must generate 12.5 percent of their power with renewables by 2025 or buy renewable energy credits.
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