The Ohio General Assembly passes SB 52, now headed to Governor DeWine for final signature.
The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Bill Stanley, Ohio State Director for The Nature Conservancy:
“With the passage of Senate Bill 52, the Ohio General Assembly has yet again made it more difficult to site wind and solar energy in Ohio. This comes on the heels of the passage of House Bill 201, which removes local input and prevents local governments from limiting the use of natural gas. Passage of SB 52 not only sends the message that Ohio prefers fossil fuel development and is not open for renewable investment, but that local decision-making authority should only be granted when it favors fossil fuels. This action will disproportionately hit farmers who seek to diversify their business with wind and solar energy as they experience tougher growing seasons due to unpredictable rains and droughts, which have become increasingly frequent and intense.
As the nation and world face the impacts of climate change, Ohio should embrace renewable energy and the growth of the green economy. Putting the people of Ohio first means valuing innovation and creating a fair and equitable energy market that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and utilizes low-carbon energy solutions that benefit everyone.”
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