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Panel Studying Ohio's Green Energy Law Kicks Off

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative panel reviewing Ohio's renewable energy law while state mandates are on a two-year hiatus is kicking off with testimony from the state's top utility regulator.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Tom Johnson addresses the Energy Mandates Study Committee Monday.

The panel was created in May to part of a bill delaying enforcement of state mandates for alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind.

Its job is to assess the costs to utilities and consumers of a law that said 25 percent of Ohio's energy should come from alternative sources by 2025.

The new law continues that target in 2017 unless a better alternative is found. The pause represented a compromise brokered by Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) with those who wanted the green-energy goals permanently repealed.