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COLUMBUS (AP) -- Environmentalists lined up Thursday against an Ohio senator's bill to repeal the state's clean energy requirement, warning that the measure could destabilize a burgeoning new area of the economy.
Sen. Kris Jordan, Republican of Powell, introduced the bill Wednesday that would eliminate a provision of the state's 2008 clean energy law that requires 25 percent of consumer electricity to come from advanced and renewable sources by 2025. Then-Gov. Ted Strickland and bipartisan supporters of the law called it "25 by 25."
Julian Boggs, state policy advocate for Environment Ohio, said removing the mandates would dismantle the law since requiring renewable and advanced energy to be available to consumers is what's fostering investment in solar, wind, biofuels and other energy alternatives to coal.
"The Senate should reject the bill quickly so we can get back to the work of building Ohio's clean energy future," Boggs said. "There is important work to be done, and the last thing we need is to be looking backward."
The bill appeared to have only weak early support in the Senate.
Gov. John Kasich is hosting an energy summit next week. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the governor is not opposed to the clean energy standard, but is working to create an inclusive plan that incorporates traditional energy sources and the natural gas potential of Marcellus and Utica shales.