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Clean energy advocates push for 385,000 signatures to make the 2015 ballot
"Yes for Ohio's Energy Future" hopes to get enough state support to fund clean energy development in Ohio
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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The Ohio Energy Initiative Commission will decide what projects receive money for clean energy development.
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A state panel has certified ballot language for a proposal to fund clean energy development in Ohio.

But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, there are still questions surrounding the measure that voters could see next year.

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A group going by the name “Yes for Ohio’s Energy Future” can now collect signatures for a ballot initiative. The proposal would take $13 billion in bonds over the course of 10 years. That money would then be invested into projects related to clean energy such as solar, wind and geothermal.

The plan would also direct tens of millions of dollars every year to a group known as the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission which is a company based in the state of Delaware. That commission would decide which projects receive money.

According to the petition language, the measure would prohibit the General Assembly from having any say in what projects should get funding. Several attempts to contact the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission to discuss the issue further have gone unanswered.

The earliest this issue could go before the voters is the November 2015 ballot.

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