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Ohio’s renewable energy mandates would become goals under latest Statehouse proposal


A solar array at Sycamore Township Fire Department’s facilities in Cincinnati. (Credit: Tom Knox / Columbus Business First)

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Republicans have introduced a bill to gut the state’s renewable energy standards.

The changes would strip the 2008 law that enacted the standards of much of its muscle. House Bill 114 follows through on a promise made last month by Rep. Bill Seitz to scrap the requirements and make them voluntary.

‘What we are now saying is we are going to scrap the renewable portfolio mandates in their entirety and repeal them with goals,’ said Seitz, R-Cincinnati and chairman of the House Public Utilities Committee.

Utilities would no longer be mandated to supply 12.5 percent of their power with alternative energy by 2027, and they would not need to ensure 0.5 percent of that is supplied by solar power.”

— Tom Knox, Columbus Business First

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