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Ohio energy group opposes bill freezing targets for use of renewables, advanced energy sources

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio alternative energy producers are fighting a new Senate proposal to halt the phase-in of Ohio's clean- and advanced-energy targets.

Ohio Advanced Energy Economy members said Wednesday that legislation introduced last month would devastate solar and wind companies that have emerged since Ohio's standards were put in place in 2008.

Senate Public Utilities Chairman Bill Seitz (syts), a Cincinnati Republican, has said it's time to reconsider Ohio's benchmarks.

A bill effectively repealing the 2008 law repeatedly stalled last year. The law requires utilities to produce 12.5 percent of their energy from renewable sources and another 12.5 percent from advanced sources by 2025. It's been called the "25 by '25" standard.

The latest bill proposes freezing targets at 2014 levels. That would halt percentage increases scheduled to continue for another decade.

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