Green Energy Ohio opposed House Bill 6 as a tax on ratepayers intended to prop up aging and unsustainable nuclear plants, while at the same time stifling the development and deployment of new energy technologies that are engines of economic development for the state and its citizens. Please see links to GEO testimony:
- Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Testimony on Substitute HB 6 (June 25)
- House Energy & Natural Resources Committee Testimony of Substitute HB 6 (May 7)
- House Energy & Natural Resources Committee; Subcommittee on Energy Generation Testimony on HB 6 (April 23)
House Bill 6 was the most important piece of energy legislation considered by the Ohio General Assembly in recent years. Its passage will impact the landscape of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ohio, and will have a negative effect on economic development and local community growth.
Opposition testimony to HB 6 outnumbered proponent testimony by three to one, with opponents representing companies of all sizes, trade associations, local governments, economic development entities, labor unions, educational institutions, and public health and environmental advocates. A petition drive to place a referendum on the ballot repealing HB 6 was unsuccessful.
To learn more about the statute, a forecast of its impact, and a comparison to other states, please follow the link to an article written by GEO member Tyler Hall and his colleague Brian Zoeller on the Energy and Natural Resources Industry team at Frost Brown Todd LLC: Impacts of the Repeal of Ohio’s RPS with HB 6.