Ohio Senate Panel Plans Renewable Energy Vote

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An Ohio Senate panel has scheduled a vote on 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, a Cincinnati Republican, has said it's time to reconsider Ohio's benchmarks.

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.