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Ohio Lawmakers Push for Renewable Energy Standards Rollback During Lame Duck Session

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ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Gov. Kasich vetoed a similar bill in 2016.

Lawmakers are pushing bills through the General Assembly as the clock winds down on this session, which ends next month. But it appears one high-profile issue may be left out of the mix. There could be some possible changes to renewable energy standards in Ohio.

For more than a year, Republican lawmakers have been trying again to repeal or roll back renewable energy standards, which require utilities to ratchet up their use of renewable energy, which could lead to more wind and solar developments in Ohio.

While conservatives see these as expensive mandates, Republican Senate President Larry Obhof believes this issue might have to wait until next year.

“We do have some pretty tight time constraints I think it’s more important for us that we get policy right and not that we do it just because we have some self-imposed, arbitrary deadline. If we get to a place that we’re comfortable with it we’ll pass it and if we don’t then we won’t,” he said.

Gov. John Kasich vetoed a similar bill two years ago.