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Rep: Ohio 'clean energy' plan a grassroots idea

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 24, 2013 at 11:36 am •  Published: December 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A mysterious clean-energy initiative headed toward Ohio's 2014 ballot is a one-of-a-kind nonpartisan measure driven by a group of concerned Ohio residents, a strategist for the campaign said in an Associated Press interview.

If approved, the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative would require $1.3 billion in annual investments over a decade in infrastructure, research and development related to solar, wind and other energy sources.

A private entity called Ohio Energy Initiative Commission LLC, a Delaware corporation, would pick eligible projects.

German Trejo, a spokesman for Yes for Ohio's Clean Energy Future campaign, said the commission's corporate structure makes it free of political influence.

"The positive side of having an entity that is not controlled by politicians is that we've seen the gridlock that happens every day in Washington," he said. "We've seen the partisan politics that Republicans and Democrats play in regards to administering money, and sending state money to individuals that support their campaigns and so forth."

The corporation would receive $65 million a year in operational expenses under the ballot proposition. Individuals involved in the endeavor are not traceable through Delaware business records or corporate filings with the Internal Revenue Service.

Trejo declined to name those involved in the corporation, saying he is not employed by them but by the campaign.

He said speculation that the campaign involves big coal, oil or nuclear interests, billionaires, major corporations or offshore entities is simply untrue.

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