Gov. Kasich to veto bills removing clean-energy standards

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Kasich discussed the presidential campaign, TPP and other topics, following a meeting with the president in the Oval Office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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