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Ohio Senate Plans To Kill Beleaguered Green Energy Standards

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township in Paulding County, Ohio.
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The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate plans to deliver the final blow to Ohio’s green energy benchmarks, which require utilities to get a certain amount of energy from renewable sources. 

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof is resolute that he plans on moving a bill in January that would get rid of the green-energy requirements, though he admits he’d like to see a few changes first.

“The underlying direction that the House was headed in toward scaling back some of the mandates that were put in place about 10 years ago; it's a direction that I think a majority of my caucus supports," he said.

The green energy benchmarks say utility companies have to get an increasing percentage of the power they sell from renewable sources like wind and solar.

Lawmaker passed a two-year freeze of the standards in 2014.

The new Senate bill, which already passed the House, would turn the requirements into voluntary goals. 

The General Assembly passed a similar measure last year, but it was vetoed by Gov. John Kasich.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.