The bill sets up a hurdle for wind energy projects by allowing township voters to block them.
House Bill 6, introduced in April, has been subject to intense lobbying, extensive testimony, multiple revisions and $3 million in TV and radio ads both for and against it.
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State Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus, a member of the House Energy Committee, said Democrats bargained in good faith for a clean energy bill. “Instead, this misguided bill has gone from bad to worse, bailing out more corporations at the expense of working people and the environment. It’s a bad deal for workers, for consumers and for Ohio,” he said.
The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel said in written testimony that the new version names winners and losers. “It’s great for: Big nuclear; Big coal; Big electric utilities; Big industrial customers; Big FirstEnergy and the Big Wall Street creditors of bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions. The Bill is bad for regular folks —‘Bob and Betty Buckeye’ — and smaller business customers who will pay to make the bill great for big business.”