Why support nuclear energy; why cut renewable portfolio standards? These are reasonable questions, then muddied by the millions spent on deceptive ads in June and July to convince Ohioans that the legislature has it wrong. I have spent my statehouse career developing an understanding of how our energy policy affects us in both the short and the long term. HB 6 is a solution that provides a bridge to a clean, affordable and resilient energy future.
If nothing else sticks, remember that HB6 lowers energy bills for all rate payers. The phase out of renewable energy standards will stop sending your money to out of state renewable interests. Additionally, HB6 empowers the consumer to do what’s best for their family when it comes to purchasing energy efficient products. HB6 will provide a mechanism to benefit nuclear generation for their contributing 90 percent of Ohio’s carbon- free energy; which serves to protect 3,500 direct and indirect jobs.
HB6 is concerned with energy market dominance and the over-reliance on one fuel-type. Gas is not the most resilient fuel—it cannot be stored for weeks or months like coal or nuclear. Gas and renewables would like to see a world without competition from resilient energy sources. We need fuel diversity to hold cost down long term and provide grid integrity while at the same time limiting carbon Needless to say, there is much I am concerned about when we consider a referendum to undue the benefits of HB6 for Ohio.
Want to learn more? Please join me from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Norwalk High School Fisher Titus Learning Center to answer any questions you may have on this topic, wind development, rural water issues and more.
Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) is state representative from the 57th district.