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Ohio House Committee Approves Green Energy Bill

Dec 1, 2016

Ray Fakhoury testifies before Ohio House committee
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An Ohio House committee has approved a bill changing the state's green energy policy landscape, amid a battle over extending the freeze on  green energy standards.

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The bill requires utilities to provide an increased amount of renewable energy by the year 2020, instead of smaller benchmarks each year for the next three years.

Ray Fakhoury with the Advanced Energy Economy, an advocate for the green energy industry, says this plan discourages companies from moving to Ohio because the state’s alternative energy policy is constantly changing.

Fakhoury: “They can’t just have you come in and have the rug pulled out from underneath them once they’ve set up and they’re expected to operate under certain rules.”

Supporters of the bill say this gives more flexibility for utilities to meet the higher benchmark instead of finding low hanging fruit each year.