COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House is nearing a vote on 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 is expected to clear the Republican-controlled House Wednesday. Under a compromise backed by GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), the targets would 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, consumer and environmental groups and the NAACP. 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.