ACORE had strongly suggested Ohio Governor DeWine drop the unfair township referendum provision, which discriminates against wind development and, instead, implement more reasonable wind setback requirements.
The energy legislation cuts the state’s 12.5% renewable energy standard and will phase out the energy efficiency standard. In addition, House Bill 6 bails out Ohio’s aging nuclear fleet and two uneconomic coal plants, one located in Indiana.
“Ohio is the only state in the country bailing out extremely old coal and nuclear plants and paying for it by gutting its clean energy standards,” stated Daniel
“This bill is a giant step backwards for Ohio,” added Sawmiller. “And we will see the consequences for years to come as our bills rise and our clean energy jobs plummet. Other states in the region will certainly appreciate the opportunity to hoover up the jobs coming out of the growing clean energy sector.”