Mark Ferenchik   | The Columbus Dispatch

The backer of a plan to place an initiative on the May ballot to transfer $87 million from the city of Columbus for green initiatives has filed suit in the Ohio Supreme Court after Columbus City Council members rejected his petition.

ProEnergy Ohio LLC filed the case this week, asking the court to order the city council to place the issue on the May 4 primary ballot, one that city officials have said would damage city operations and that environmental groups have called a bad idea with too many unknowns.

ProEnergy Ohio wants to divert $57 million for an electricity subsidy program for Columbus residents that would “further the purpose of reducing the cost of electricity for customers who live in Columbus with a

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