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Energy-target proposal clears Ohio House committee

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A contentious bill delaying the phase-in of Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency standards has cleared a key legislative panel.

The House Public Utilities Committee approved the measure Tuesday, sending it to the full House. The Senate has passed it.

The proposal addresses targets for how much energy Ohio utilities must generate from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2025.

Opponents including advanced-energy companies, civil-rights leaders and environmentalists have lobbied hard against the two-year pause in the standards negotiated by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and senators. They say such targets promote environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels and create high-tech jobs in the growing alternative-energy sector.

The bill's backers contend the targets drive up prices for average electric consumers who have been given little choice in the matter.

Associated Press

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