Nuclear-industry bill in Ohio aims to curb uptake of renewables

first_imgNuclear-industry bill in Ohio aims to curb uptake of renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:A second version of legislation in Ohio designed to subsidize the operation of two nuclear power plants appears to have the same limitations on renewable energy development as the first version.Meanwhile, Democrats have announced an alternative plan, which would increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 50% by 2050.Substitute House Bill 6, introduced to members of the Ohio House Energy Generation subcommittee minutes before a scheduled fourth hearing late Thursday, keeps language that would allow utilities and independent retail power suppliers to ignore previously enacted renewable energy benchmarks which top out at 12.5% by 2027.Without those benchmarks, wind and solar developers worry that the utility market for their power would weaken.For consumers and Ohio businesses, the future would definitely be more expensive under HB 6, though the amended version encourages state regulators to develop “reasonable arrangements” for industry.The bill as now written would eliminate the minor fees associated with acquiring renewable energy, 10 cents to 69 cents a month on residential bills, but would require customers to continue paying for energy efficiency programs mandated since 2009. Those programs would now disappear after 2020 but could be resurrected by utilities if approved by regulators.The revisions leave unscathed the bill’s most expensive feature — new customer fees amounting to more than $300 million annually to create a Clean Air Fund. About half of that money would go to the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants operated by FirstEnergy Solutions on Lake Erie.More: As Ohio nuclear bill advances, Democrats seek to raise renewable standardlast_img read more