Gov. Kasich to veto bills removing clean-energy standards

The standards went into effect in 2008 and say electricity utilities must meet annual benchmarks for renewable energy

Ohio Gov. John Kasich addresses the 2016 National Convention of the NAACP Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Four democrats and four republicans are running to replace Ohio Governor John Kasch (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich remains opposed to legislation that would eliminate renewable energy mandates in the state.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Republican governor recently said at an event in Texas that he would veto such legislation.

The standards went into effect in 2008 and say electricity utilities must meet annual benchmarks for renewable energy and for finding ways to help customers reduce energy use. Kasich signed a measure placing a two-year freeze on the standards two years ago.

State lawmakers in May started hearings on a measure that would extend the current freeze on clean-energy standards for three years and another bill that would freeze the requirements indefinitely.

Kasich says the 2008 standards were “unrealistic” but that he’d veto any plan to eliminate the standards.

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