House to vote on Ohio clean energy bill next week

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A key lawmaker says lobbying efforts against a bill halting the phase-in of Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency standards played a role in cancellation of a scheduled vote Wednesday.

House Public Utilities Chairman Peter Stautberg says Republicans and Democrats on his committee wanted more time to digest the complex bill. It would delay targets for how much energy Ohio utilities must generate from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2025.

Stautberg has rescheduled the vote to Tuesday.

Opponents of the bill intensified efforts this week with a television ad, research findings and protests aimed at drawing the attention of lawmakers and the governor. They argue targets create jobs and provide alternatives to coal.

The bill's backers say renewable energy isn't reliable and its use drives up electric costs.