HB6 - Energy Bill

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) references board with details of energy bill in April. The bill has evolved from when it was introduced in the Ohio House.
Andy Chow

The Ohio Senate will begin official hearings on the extensive energy bill that would redirect the state’s attention away from renewables and subsidize nuclear and coal instead. 

Ohio House debates energy bill, HB6, before passing the chamber by a vote of 53-43.
Andy Chow

The Ohio House passed a sweeping energy bill, HB6, that would bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants and wipe out green energy standards, with the help of Democratic support.

Blue Creek Wind Farm
Iberdrola Renewables

Wind energy experts are pushing back against a change made to the House energy bill, HB6, that allows municipalities to vote on wind farm projects. Opponents of the change say this will dramatically impact the wind industry. 

House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Andy Chow

Opponents are outraged over changes made to the so-called “clean air” bill approved by a House committee. The legislation subsidizes nuclear and coal plants, repeals required support for renewable energy, and strips the ability for wind and solar to receive credits. 

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Andy Chow

The Ohio House has dramatically changed the comprehensive energy bill that would bailout the state’s nuclear power plants and repeal alternative energy mandates. 

Democratic members of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee left during testimony on House Bill 6, calling it a "stunt committee meeting". They returned more than an hour later.
Karen Kasler

There's an apparent partisan split over what supporters call the Clean Air Bill and opponents label a nuclear power plant bailout.

PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo testifies before the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Andy Chow

The chair of Ohio’s regulatory authority says judging the pros and cons of the "clean energy" bill some have called a nuclear power plant bailout depends on any given goal.

House Energy And Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.
Andy Chow

Republican lawmakers are looking to draw out some of the big changes proposed in the energy bill that would ultimately change the rates on everyone’s electric bills. 

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Dan Konik

The energy bill that would bail out nuclear plants while repealing the state’s green energy standards on utilities is collecting a variety of opponents that don’t usually take the same side.

Tom Froehle, AEP Vice President of External Affairs, testifies in front of the House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.
Andy Chow

One of Ohio’s largest electric companies, AEP, is weighing in on the bill that would create credits for energy sources that do not produce carbon emissions while also eliminating an existing fee on ratepayers. 

House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation hears testimony from opponents.
Andy Chow

Opponents are speaking out against the bill that would prop up two struggling nuclear plants while also toss out the state’s green energy requirements for utilities. There’s a debate over whether the legislation will end up saving a person more or less on their electric bills.

Chuck Jones, FirstEnergy Corp CEO, after testifying before a Senate committee in May 2017.
Andy Chow

The Ohio House is considering a piece of legislation, HB6, that will create a new fee on electric bills and scrap the state’s green energy standards. FirstEnergy Solutions’ two nuclear plants would stand to greatly benefit from the bill through large subsidies. There’s a long history between FirstEnergy Solutions and its former parent company FirstEnergy Corp, a large GOP donor.

Dave Griffing, FirstEnergy Solutions vice president of government affairs, testifying before the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.
Andy Chow

FirstEnergy Solutions, the owner of Ohio’s two nuclear plants, told an Ohio House energy subcommittee that the proposed energy bill, HB6, would bring parity to energy policy. 

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Andy Chow

The plan to overhaul Ohio’s energy policy would get rid of the state’s green energy standards and would likely bailout nuclear power plants. The major utility company, FirstEnergy, has been strongly advocating for those two things to happen for years now.