Ohio Senate Panel To Discuss Renewable Energy Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate panel plans to continue discussing legislation altering renewable energy and efficiency standards imposed on utility companies.

The Senate Public Utilities Committee meets Wednesday on the bill halting the phase-in of Ohio’s clean- and advanced-energy targets. Multiple versions of the measure have been drafted, all drawing so much criticism that they’ve stalled.

The current bill is opposed by manufacturers, environmentalists and Ohio Advanced Energy Economy, a coalition representing Ohio’s alternative energy industry and its suppliers.

Public Utilities Chairman Bill Seitz (syts), a Cincinnati Republican, told the committee they will discuss an updated proposal, but no vote will be taken.

The bill effectively repeals targets set in 2008 requiring utilities to produce 12.5 percent of their energy from renewable sources and 12.5 percent from advanced sources by 2025.

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