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Rep. Kent Smith: Misguided bailout costly for consumers, Ohio's clean energy future

July 23, 2019
Kent Smith News

State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which opponents say will hurt job growth in emerging clean energy industries.

“After giving First Energy over 10 billion dollars since 2000, today the Ohio Legislature decided that wasn’t enough for this bankrupt company,” said Rep. Smith. “The cost to Ohioans is too high in terms of the damage that will be done to the emerging clean energy sector. I fear that the newly passed HB6 will not lead to a brighter, better future for our state.”

More than 112,000 Ohioans currently work in the clean energy sector, ranking 8th in the country and 3rd in the region.

After passing the House, HB 6 now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.