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Kasich speaks out on signing bill to freeze green energy standards
Kasich says it was unrealistic to demand utilities get 25% of their power from alternative energy sources by 2025
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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As often happens with controversial legislation, Gov. John Kasich signed the bill putting a temporary stop to the green energy mandates on Ohio’s electric utilities late on Friday without comment. Now Kasich is speaking out about it/ Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
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Gov. John Kasich says he feels the two year stop in the progress of the energy standards – which he calls a “pause” and not a “freeze” – was the right solution to concerns about the utilities’ claims that the alternative energy standards were costing them too much money.

“I think it’s a victory for Ohio’s economy, it’s a victory for those that care about renewables, and frankly I find that most people are unhappy with it – which means I got it in exactly the right place.”

And Kasich said he didn’t think requiring utilities to get 25% of their power from alternative energy sources by 2025 was realistic. Environmental activists, green energy businesses, consumer organizations, manufacturers, and even faith leaders had asked Kasich to veto the bill.  Supporters of it say the two-year pause will allow for a cost-benefit analysis of the green energy standards, but opponents fear it’s the first step toward eliminating them entirely.


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