A thank-you is in store for Ohio senators after last Wednesday’s reworking of House Bill 6, known as the “Clean Air Program.”
Changes to the bill include removal of the anti-wind referendum provision, which would have allowed local governments to stop wind turbine projects even after they were approved by the state— an extensive regulatory process which would be detrimental to the future of the industry.
Thankfully, Ohio senators have instead chosen a more balanced approach to energy policy, a win for Ohioans across the state. Let’s hope that they continue to oppose anti-wind referendums and continue to develop sound energy policy providing economic benefits for us all. In addition, the “energy generation fund” to be established is another win, providing up to $10 million a year to renewable projects including wind and solar.
This news could not come at a better time as companies like Anheuser-Busch, Target, Amazon and many others are looking for new locations to call home that have the ability to support a transition to cleaner energy sources.
These wind projects will create jobs, providing hard working families a way to put food on the table and keep their lights on. Moreover, the expansion of renewables such as wind help to improve the environment and will also help ensure that businesses and households across the state will have access to reliable energy for generations to come.
As a Northern Ohioans for Wind board member and a recent graduate thinking about the future of our great state, I implore you to call your senators, expressing why they should continue to leave out the anti-wind referendum.