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Renewable Energy Freeze Named State Priority

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Minority Democrats in the state Legislature say removing the freeze on Ohio’s renewable energy mandates is among their priorities as this year’s session winds down.

The standards took effect in 2008 and say electricity utilities must meet annual benchmarks for renewable energy and for finding ways to help customers reduce energy use.

Time is running out on a measure Republican Gov. John Kasich signed placing a two-year freeze on the standards.

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn of Dayton said Thursday at a postelection forum that Ohio needs to move forward on the standards.

Michael Premo, chief of staff for the Senate Democrats, says his caucus also wants the freeze lifted and is focused on online charter school accountability.

Republican legislative leaders also were set speak about their priorities.