House panel OKs bill lifting Ohio renewable energy mandates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A repeat proposal seeking to eliminate Ohio’s renewable energy requirements has cleared a pivotal legislative committee and heads next to the House floor.

The House Public Utilities Committee approved the measure in a 14-9 vote Wednesday, after accepting five amendments and rejecting a sixth.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) vetoed a similar bill last session, but fellow Republicans in the Legislature are determined to try again.

The latest bill would lift mandates requiring utility companies to generate or buy and sell a percentage of power from alternative and advanced sources, such as solar and wind, by set dates. It would also eliminate penalties utilities face for non-compliance.

House approval Thursday would send the bill to the GOP-led Ohio Senate, where its fate is uncertain.