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House to vote on Ohio clean energy bill next week

By Associated Press Published: May 21, 2014 10:14 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House spokesman says a committee has canceled its hearing after representatives wanted more time to review legislation halting the phase-in of Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency standards.

The House Public Utilities Committee planned to vote on the bill Wednesday. The measure would pause the rollout of targets for how much renewable energy, such as solar and wind, Ohio utilities must generate by 2025.

House spokesman Mike Dittoe says votes by the committee and full House are expected next week.

The bill's opponents have stepped up efforts this week. They aired a television ad, released research findings and lodged protests aimed at drawing attention of lawmakers and the governor.

Backers say Ohio's clean energy standards need to be modernized to account for such factors as increased U.S. shale-gas exploration.

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