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House Bill 6 is an important bridge to a cleaner energy future

By DICK STEIN • Jun 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM

I am happy to announce my full support of House Bill 6 which cleared the House Chamber last week.

I was fortunate to have a front row seat and ask questions during testimony — over 60 hours. I appreciate all the correspondence I have received on this issue from the community. This legislation takes a prudent step to preserve air quality in Ohio by supporting Ohio’s zero-carbon energy portfolio, and Ohio jobs through the Ohio Clean Air Program. It also includes language allowing for a direct local voice on industrial wind developments.

For the readers served by an electric cooperative or by municipal power, under current law your bill is not subject to utility riders and House Bill 6 changes nothing.

This policy gives a rate-reduction to all customer classes saving the average residential user $3.60 each month, and saving thousands for Ohio businesses. It does this by eliminating two costly, ineffective, mandates that have existed for years — the Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Energy Efficiency, Peak Demand Reduction rider. The cost of these mandates would look to double several times over before capping out in 2027.

I want cleaner air for my community and this cannot be accomplished if we shutter two nuclear plants who contribute 90 prercent of Ohio’s carbon free generation. Nuclear power is an energy dense resource. It would take thousands of turbines across an area the size of Rhode Island to replace the capacity of Perry and Davis-Besse.

HB6 is an important bridge to a cleaner energy future. By preserving 4,300 jobs at these two sites, we ensure the availability of a highly specialize workforce in Ohio. As advanced reactor technologies are developed, Ohio benefits greatly by having its hand in the industry and academia of the nuclear sciences.

If you would like to discuss this or other issues, please join me Monday, June 10th at the New London Library from 4 to 5 p.m. for office hours with state Sen. Nathan Manning.

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