State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which opponents say will hurt job growth in emerging clean energy industries.

“Bailouts for corporations shouldn’t come on the backs of hardworking Ohioans. Many FirstEnergy distribution customers will see new charges in order to pay for OVEC, a corporation that operates two old coal power plants—including one in Indiana. Since the new statewide rider is still subject to final reconciliation, only some ratepayers will be provided lower caps, while all will be on the hook to pay for the full costs associated with this corporation.

“Further, we understand that wind and solar is better for the environment, is cheaper and has been creating jobs in Ohio. It’s problematic when some of the supporters of HB 6 even say that it’s not perfect. Although we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good, it is our responsibility as legislators to pass legislation that is good for Ohio citizens and not just corporations.”

More than 112,000 Ohioans currently work in the clean energy sector, ranking 8th in the country and 3rd in the region.

After passing the House, HB 6 now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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