COLUMBUS – Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law today the controversial nuclear and coal bailout legislation, HB 6, soon after the bill was voted out of the State House. The legislation has also drawn strong criticism for including significant cuts to the state's energy efficiency and renewable energy standards.
The following is a statement from Daniel Sawmiller, Ohio energy policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
“While the rest of the nation is adding jobs left and right from one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, Ohio is sending a clear signal to the clean energy sector that they are not welcome in the state. HB 6 is irresponsible economic policy. And if this mess of a bill passes, the rest of the nation will be looking closely at Ohio’s statehouse trying to understand the motivations for a bill that is so far out of line with what is happening everywhere else.”
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