Attempt to block Ohio green-energy bill rejected

May 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

COLUMBUS: The Ohio House has passed a contentious bill delaying phase-in of Ohio’s renewable energy targets for two years and assigning a legislative panel to study the issue.

The measure cleared the Republican-controlled chamber 54-38 on Wednesday. House changes still must be approved by the Senate.

Under a compromise backed by GOP Gov. John Kasich, the targets continue after the pause unless lawmakers act on recommendations of a 12-member commission by 2017.

Lawmakers backed off earlier attempts to permanently freeze the alternative-energy standards passed in 2008 amid intense pushback from business, civil-rights and environmental groups. Utilities did not testify on the bill.

Backers of the targets say forcing utilities to use more renewable energy helps the environment and creates jobs. Critics say renewables aren’t reliable and drive up electric bills.

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