Sub HB 6 was introduced in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. After hours and hours and hours of opposing testimony in previous weeks from wind, solar and environmental activists, the Committee threw in the towel on trying to make the bill acceptable to renewable advocates because, no matter what was proposed, the renewable lobby refused to accept nuclear energy as “clean energy” – a carbon-free source that accounts for 90% of Ohio’s clean energy. They preferred to force the shut down of the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants, put over a thousand people out of work and then try to replace the lost generation with massive increases in wind and solar. AWEA and the environmentalists revealed their true colors – they are in it for the money not clean air, not carbon-free generation. The only green they see is cash…for them.
The Sub. HB 6 removed wind and solar as well as energy efficiency mandates and subsidies from the bill entirely. If the opponents wanted to call the bill a bailout for nuclear energy instead of a clean air bill – they got their wish. But an important addition was made to Sub HB 6 as well. A provision was included to give the voters in a township where a wind project was being planned, the right to vote to either accept or reject the certificate of approval issued by the Ohio Power Siting Board. This would be accomplished in the same way that a referendum on a zoning decision is made.
You are urged to watch testimony as well as that of Terrence O’Donnell and Dayna Baird on behalf of AWEA a the Ohio Channel:
Sub HB 6 passed out of the Committee on a party-line vote. It will go to the House for a full vote on Wednesday.
From a free-market perspective, this bill goes a long way. 1.) Ohio would be the first state in the nation to free itself of government mandates for renewables and energy efficiency. 2.) Government could no longer over-ride the will of the people in forcing industrial wind where it is not wanted and 3.) subsidies for all energy, including nuclear, would end in six years. There are 38 Democrats in the 99 member House. We understand there are several holdout Republicans who may jeopardize passage.
What is their reasoning? How many industrial facilities have been placed in areas zoned for residential use? The four proposed projects in Seneca County cover a combined 250 square miles. How will employers attract a workforce to live in such a place? Whose children would return home to farm? It is estimated that between 30 to 40% of leaseholders in most project areas could be absentee landowners. The tenants living and working on the land will never have any control over their living conditions without the vote.
The wind industry incessantly promotes polls that say Ohioans are solidly in favor of renewable energy. If that is true, what does the wind industry have to fear? According to them, the voting public would vote in favor of wind development. Why are these legislators opposed to giving citizens a say in guiding the growth and future of their own communities?
Why are the holdouts in favor of shutting down 90% of Ohio’s clean energy? This carbon-free resource will be replaced by gas not intermittent and inefficient wind and solar.