Ballot Board Clears Language For Clean Energy Initiative

Former head of the U.S. Energy Dept, Steven Chu talks about energy sources like natural gas and windmills.(Photo: flickr.com)
Former head of the U.S. Energy Dept, Steven Chu talks about energy sources like natural gas and windmills.(Photo: flickr.com)

A state panel has certified ballot language for a proposal to fund clean energy development.

But there are still questions surrounding the measure that voters could see next year.

A group going by the name “Yes for Ohio’s Energy Future” can now collect signatures for a ballot initiative. The proposal would take $13 billion in bonds over the course of 10 years. That money would then be invested into different projects related to clean energy such as solar, wind and geothermal.

The plan would also direct tens of millions of dollars every year to a group known as the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission which is a company based in the state of Delaware. That commission would decide which projects receive money.

According to the petition language, the measure would prohibit the General Assembly from having any say in what projects should get funding.

Several attempts to contact the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission to discuss the issue further have gone unanswered.

The earliest this issue could go before the voters is the November 2015 ballot.

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