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Stop the uneven playing field and support renewable energy

• Jul 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM

NOTE: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Ginger Packert of Norwalk.

Ohio Republicans’ “energy overhaul” is in reality a bailout to First Energy Corp., the Akron-based Ohio electric utilities company. First Energy delayed bankruptcy after numerous disastrous investments.

Despite Ohio Rep. Dick Stein’s “promise” that Ohio House Bill 6 will mean an “Ohio Clean Air Program,” renewable energy companies from wind to solar power would receive nothing. Ohio lawmakers also cut current programs that encourage electricity providers to purchase renewable energy credits and help customers become energy efficient.

House Bill 6 would also charge customers a few for two coal plants, one in Gallipolis and Madison, Ind., through 2030. According to State Rep. Kristin Boggs, “It’s now just straight up corporate welfare.”

House Bill 6 would also charge Ohio customers a fee to bailout the bankrupt Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants. Charges would also increase electric bills for two coal power plants.

Eliminated are current green energy and energy efficiency requirements. Opponents of House Bill 6 point out energy efficiency has saved Ohio $5.1 billion since 2009. House Bill 6 will have Ohio go backward.

Contact State Rep. Dick Stein, 614-466-9628 or email: Representative Stein, and State Sen. Nathan Manning, 614-644-7613 or email: Senator Manning, and remind them Republican lawmakers shouldn’t be picking winners and losers in the energy market. Stop the uneven playing field and support renewable energy. Remind elected officials in Ohio they represent U.S., not the energy companies!

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