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Reps. Leland, Seitz to deliver sponsor testimony on widely-backed bipartisan Energy Waste Reduction bill

September 21, 2021
David Leland News

COLUMBUS—Wednesday morning, State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) will deliver sponsor testimony on House Bill 389, bipartisan energy legislation to reduce waste and save consumers money. 

“This legislation takes a consumer choice- and free market-driven approach to saving consumers money, creating green energy jobs, and addressing the climate crisis,” said Rep. Leland. “The cheapest, cleanest Kilowatt of energy is the one that isn’t used.”

House Bill 389 creates Energy Waste Reduction programs, which give utilities an avenue to design and implement energy saving programs. Programs would likely take the form of widespread installation of smart thermostats, retrofitting energy inefficient structures, putting in less wasteful HVAC systems, and recycling old appliances. 

The bill has the support of the Ohio Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, as well as American Electric Power, Duke Energy, and AES.  

“This is an innovative approach that will address the rapidly-emerging climate crisis and, at the same time, breathe new life into Ohio’s green energy economy,” said Rep. Leland.  “It’s Ohio’s first step on the road back to a sustainable energy future.” 

This legislation has drawn praise from across the state. 

A editorial said, “In a welcome example of cross-party Statehouse cooperation in an otherwise contentious General Assembly, a prominent Ohio House Democrat and a prominent Ohio House Republican are co-sponsoring a bill to allow, but not require, Ohio’s electric companies to help customers save money on their electric bills.”

Additionally, the Toledo Blade called House Bill 389 “a step in the right direction after years of energy-reform rollbacks. It’s also laudable as a genuine bipartisan effort. Not only do lawmakers from both parties support it, but most of Ohio’s utility companies back it as well.”