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Lawmakers Extend Freeze Of Renewable Energy Standards

Dec 9, 2016

Ohio Senate passes extension of renewable energy freeze
Credit Ohio Public Radio

The future of green energy in Ohio is murky after lawmakers decided to continue a freeze on renewable energy standards.

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

A majority of Republicans say the green energy mandates forced utilities to pay too much to get power from alternative resources.
 
But opponents of the bill say the standards help bring green energy jobs to Ohio. Senator Cliff Hite of Findlay was one of a handful of Republicans who joined Democrats in voting against the bill.
 
Hite: "I thought we were open for business people. That's what we said, we are open
for business and that has not been the case all the way not with a freeze -- people
are going other places and they are."
 
Governor John Kasich has threatened to veto any bill he thinks will harm comprehensive energy development.