House Panel OKs Bill Lifting Ohio Renewable Energy Mandates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A repeat proposal seeking to eliminate Ohio’s renewable energy requirements has cleared a pivotal legislative committee and heads next to the House floor.

The House Public Utilities Committee approved the measure in a 14-9 vote Wednesday, after accepting five amendments and rejecting a sixth.

Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed a similar bill last session, but fellow Republicans in the Legislature are determined to try again.

The latest bill would lift mandates requiring utility companies to generate or buy and sell a percentage of power from alternative and advanced sources, such as solar and wind, by set dates. It would also eliminate penalties utilities face for non-compliance.

House approval Thursday would send the bill to the GOP-led Ohio Senate, where its fate is uncertain.