Foes testify against lifting Ohio energy quotas

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Environmentalists and others have defended an Ohio law that imposes alternative-energy requirements on Ohio power companies.

Ohio Senate Public Utilities Chairman Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, reopened debate on thresholds for clean-energy use earlier this year. His committee on Wednesday heard from opponents of a bill that would revise the thresholds.

Under a 2008 state law, Ohio utilities must produce 12.5 percent of their electricity from renewables like solar and wind, or greener alternatives such as clean coal, by 2025. The law also set energy efficiency targets for the companies.

Opponents of the mandates say they fatten electric bills in a state whose rates are already higher than some neighbors. Supporters are expected to be armed with new findings on humanity's role in climate change.

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