Rep: Ohio 'clean energy' plan a grassroots idea

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A strategist for a mysterious clean-energy initiative headed toward Ohio's 2014 ballot says it's a one-of-a-kind nonpartisan measure driven by a group of concerned Ohio citizens.

If approved, the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative would require $1.3 billion in annual investments over a decade in infrastructure, research and development related to solar, wind and other energy sources.

A private entity called Ohio Energy Initiative Commission, a private Delaware corporation, would pick eligible projects.

Media strategist German (HUR'-mahn) Trejo (TRAY'-hoh) told The Associated Press the commission's corporate structure makes it free of political influence. The corporation would receive $65 million a year in operational expenses under the ballot proposition.

Trejo declined to name those involved in the corporation. He said the campaign involves no big energy interests, billionaires, or offshore entities.

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