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Kasich sees the light on renewable energy – sort of – during his presidential campaign

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TOLEDO — “…Kasich’s reversal on the general renewable energy mandates is seen by many as a huge step forward and a testament to the growing strength of that market, especially after major corporations such as Amazon put out signals it wasn’t eager to invest in Ohio if it continued to have a closed-door policy.

The freeze is often attributed to pressure from FirstEnergy Corp. and AEP Ohio, the state’s two largest and most powerful utilities. Both are heavily vested in coal and neither was thrilled when Ohio legislators agreed in 2008 to require gradual investments in renewable energy. FirstEnergy, in fact, balked by not complying the first year, then was taken aback when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held its feet to the fire and made it known it shouldn’t assume it would get more slack.

The maddening thing has been Kasich’s justification of the freeze, which didn’t exactly promote him as a forward thinker. It likely would have drawn more attention as the campaign wanes on.

While meeting with The Blade’s editorial board last fall, the governor claimed wind and solar are heavily reliant on government subsidies and none had gone to coal and nuclear.

None?

His staff has declined repeated attempts to have him address the findings of a Washington-based think tank, Taxpayers for Common Sense, which cites $70 billion made over time for the coal industry and $85 billion for the nuclear industry – far more than solar or wind subsidies.”

— Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

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