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Ohio Senate Panel Mulls Alternative Energy Changes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Under the latest revisions to a closely-watched Senate bill, Ohio’s alternative-energy targets would be put on hold for two years as a panel of legislators studies their impact.

The Senate Public Utilities Committee again on Wednesday backed off efforts to repeal the mandates. The updated bill would allow phase-in of the standards to continue if lawmakers don’t act on the study panel’s recommendations at the end of two years.

Current law requires utilities to produce 12.5 percent of their energy from renewable sources and 12.5 percent from advanced sources by 2025.

Sen. Troy Balderson, the bill’s sponsor, said majority Republicans still believe the “25 by ’25″ standard needs revisiting but are trying to address concerns. Opponents include environmentalists, manufacturers and alternative-energy producers.

The committee reconvenes later Wednesday.

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