For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Contact: Carlo LoParo, 614-204-2242
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance, a statewide coalition of government, business and labor leaders, today praised a subcommittee vote approving House Bill 6. The measure, passed by the House Energy Generation Subcommittee, establishes the Ohio Clean Air Program, and reduces utility rates for consumers by millions of dollars each year.
The legislation will modernize Ohio’s energy policy by promoting clean sources of generation, making electricity more affordable and maintaining a diverse energy mix for the state. The amended version of the legislation strengthens provisions related to wind, solar and energy efficiency, creating a win-win for clean energy and Ohio consumers.
“By clearing this important legislative hurdle, we are one step closer to protecting the environmental and economic futures of communities across Ohio,” said Jerry Cirino, President of the Lake County Board of Commissioners. “House Bill 6 incentivizes zero-emissions energy and other clean energy generation, while cutting rates for many users. It also protects the more than 4,300 jobs that support operations at the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants. These facilities generate 90 percent of our state’s clean energy and contribute more than $510 million annually to Ohio’s GDP.”
“We thank the subcommittee for making important fixes to House Bill 6,” said Larry Tscherne, Business Manager, IBEW Local 245. “Laborers across the state play a significant role in building Ohio’s clean energy infrastructure. The revised legislation protects existing clean energy efforts and promotes future initiatives. That is why IBEW Local 245 and the other 42 labor leaders in our coalition support House Bill 6. We urge the Ohio General Assembly to quickly pass this important clean energy legislation.”
The Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance is a coalition of Ohio community leaders and organizations committed to preserving the jobs, economic benefits, carbon-free energy and electricity grid reliability our nuclear plants provide to the state. Ohio’s nuclear plants are an asset to the state and our communities, and the Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance is committed to working with partners and supporters across the state to ensure our nuclear plants continue to operate. For more information, visit www.protectohiocleanenergyjobs.org/.