COLUMBUS: Consumer and business groups in Ohio are continuing to oppose proposed utility legislation after its sponsor removed a provision that would have eliminated the state’s renewables targets by year’s end.

A group including Ohio’s utility ratepayer watchdog and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association said Tuesday the bill as revised by state Sen. Bill Seitz (syts) remains bad for consumers.

Association president Eric Burkland said Seitz’s changes do “next to nothing” to keep electricity bills from rising or to improve manufacturers’ competitiveness.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston cited an Ohio State University analysis that shows Ohioans would pay $300 million more per year on electricity bills under the proposal.

Seitz said his many revisions represent a significant compromise. He expects a committee vote after Thanksgiving.