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Statement from The Nature Conservancy on House Bill 6

Dublin, OH

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Bill Stanley, State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio:

“Yesterday House Bill 6 was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives to provide a bailout for two nuclear powerplants in Ohio and two coal plants (one in Ohio and one in Indiana).  The passage of House Bill 6 is a missed opportunity for the legislature to develop a comprehensive energy policy for our state.

We are disappointed that this bill includes provisions that repeal the energy efficiency and renewable portfolio standards.  Additionally, this bill does not resolve the issue with Ohio’s restrictive wind setback regulation, and actually makes it even more difficult to site new wind farms in Ohio by allowing local townships to potentially override a project approval that has already undergone the rigorous and time-consuming Ohio Power Siting Board process.  These anti-wind policies are barriers to business that hinders billions of dollars of new wind development in Ohio and deprives farmers and other landowners of new sources of income.  The Nature Conservancy’s polling results from July 2017 show that Ohio voters overwhelmingly support policies that encourage greater production of renewable energy and an increase in energy efficiency—including a renewable energy standard and revising wind setback rules to better accommodate turbine siting.

While it can be beneficial for carbon reduction purposes to have nuclear power as part of our energy mix, a bill that simply bails out nuclear and coal power plants does not address the need for our state to have a long-term comprehensive energy policy to achieve a low-carbon future.  This bill moves Ohio in the wrong direction.  Investment is more likely to happen if Ohio has a comprehensive energy policy that creates an equal playing field for all energy sources.  The market likes data-driven decisions and predictability and our current on-again/off-again energy policy does not provide either of those.”

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