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Ohio Senate Plans To Tackle Green Energy Standards After Break

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township in Paulding County, Ohio.
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Lawmakers are lining up their priorities for policymaking once they return from their spring break. Ohio's Senate leader expects to tackle the state's green energy standards when they come back.

The state’s green energy standards require utilities to get a certain amount of their power from renewable energy and achieve efficiency along the way. A bill from the House, HB 114, which would change those mandates to voluntary goals, now sits in the Senate.

Senate President Larry Obhof says his fellow Republican Senators Troy Balderson and Bill Beagle are leading the effort to revise that bill.

“They’ve made some pretty substantial recommendations to the caucus about where they’d like to see the bill ultimately end up,” Obhof said.

Details of those changes have not been unveiled yet but the revision is expected to also address wind setbacks. Lawmakers have called for a reduction in the minimum distance of wind turbines from property lines.

At the end of 2016, Gov. John Kasich vetoed a billthat would freeze state requirements on electric utilities and green energy, saying it would make it harder for Ohio to attract high tech firms.

The Ohio General Assembly will return to work on April 11.

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.