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There's a new twist to one of the most controversial debates among lawmakers.

Ohio Senate Could Freeze Energy Standards With New Bill

Mar 26, 2014

A new bill on Ohio's renewable energy standards is being drafted in the Ohio Senate.

After a three month break, the controversial bill to revamp the state's energy standards is back before lawmakers.

Advocates for solar power say the industry created nearly 38 hundred jobs in Ohio last year, a 31 percent increase over 2012 and the eighth highest total in the nation.

A proposal to adjust Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency mandates has stalled for a second time amid opposition from environmental and consumer interests and some majority Republican lawmakers. 

Groups Oppose Renewable Energy Compromise Bill

Nov 29, 2013

Consumer and business groups continue to oppose a bill governing utilities after its sponsor removed a provision that would have eliminated the state's renewables targets by year's end.

Akron-based FirstEnergy has been leading the fight to weaken the state's renewable energy standards.

In the last five years significant investments have been made in Ohio to develop renewable energy. Advocates say this is because of the standards implemented by state lawmakers. 

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