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Kasich reportedly threatens to veto energy standards bill

Republican Senate President Keith Faber, a backer of Senate Bill 310, said “the governor has made some suggestions of things he would liked to see changed in the bill."

Republican Senate President Keith Faber, a backer of Senate Bill 310, said “the governor has made some suggestions of things he would liked to see changed in the bill.”

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich is apparently opposed to a GOP-backed bill that would stop mandated annual increases in ‘green’ energy purchases by utilities and may have threatened a veto to Republican House and Senate leaders if the bill reaches him in its current form.

Multiple sources told The Dispatch that Kasich expressed his distaste for the bill to Republican Senate President Keith Faber and GOP House Speaker William G. Batchelder on Wednesday. The bill would freeze the amounts of renewable energy that electricity utilities are required to purchase and the energy efficiencies they must facilitate at 2014 levels, cancelling the next 11 years worth of increases that were placed into law in 2008.

Sources also indicated that Faber, a backer of Senate Bill 310, raised the prospect of leading an override of Kasich’s veto. Faber would not confirm nor deny either of the alleged threats – one by Kasich and one by him – to The Dispatch, but said ‘the governor has made some suggestions of things he would liked to see changed in the bill and we are in the process of trying to see whether we can accommodate those changes in the bill.'”

— Joe Vardon & Dan Gearino, Columbus Dispatch

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