COLUMBUS—Today, State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) filed bipartisan energy legislation to curb carbon emissions and reduce consumer costs.
The legislation, which is supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, as well as Ohio’s investor-owned utilities (AEP, Duke Energy, and AES), would allow utilities to create Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) programs to reduce their total yearly energy generation and peak demand needs.
“The cleanest, cheapest Kilowatt of energy is the one you don’t use,” said Rep. Leland. “These Energy Waste Reduction programs will save consumers money, create jobs, and reduce our carbon footprint – thereby helping to protect future generations from the dangers of climate change – all with bipartisan support.”
Rep. Leland introduced the concept of EWR programs on the first day of this General Assembly, when he introduced House Bill 10, the Competitive Energy Reform Act. After extensive discussion and collaboration, that concept has been refined into one that garnered bipartisan support.
“Sometimes lost in the publicity surrounding the bailouts in HB 6 is the fact that our green energy economy was destroyed by that corrupt legislation,” said Rep. Leland. “This is the first step on the road back to sustainable energy policy in Ohio.”