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Kasich: ‘All the above’ energy approach

Presidential contender’s proposal includes renewables, conservation measures

kasichvetoCOLUMBUS — “Last year, the Republican-controlled General Assembly enacted a two-year timeout in state law that required utilities to find at least 25 percent of their power from renewable or advanced technology sources by the year 2025.

That two-year freeze is set to expire at the end of 2016, at which point the annual benchmarks that utilities must achieve would resume if the legislature doesn’t act.

A special legislative panel, however, recently recommended keeping the freeze in place indefinitely.

Mr. Kasich said the indefinite freeze would be “unacceptable,” but he hasn’t indicated what he expects to see instead.

“Energy efficiency and renewable energy absolutely should be part of America’s energy mix,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, of the nonprofit Ohio Environmental Council Action fund. “But Gov. Kasich is dead wrong that there should be no limit on climate-changing carbon emissions. Kasich needs to take another look at the Clean Power Plan.”

Mike Hartley, executive director of the new Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, called Mr. Kasich’s proposal ‘a true conservative approach.'”

— Jim Provance, Toledo Blade

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