Senate District 18
John Eklund
Eklund Announces Senate Passage of Energy Bill to Support Local Nuclear Plant
Highlights Comprehensive Policy that Cuts Costs for Ohioans' Energy Bills
July 18, 2019

COLUMBUS—State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) today announced the Senate passage of Substitute House Bill 6, a comprehensive energy package that will lower costs for ratepayers across Ohio.

"It is an honor to stand with my distinguished colleagues and vote in favor of a bill that protects jobs and provides needed assistance to an important nuclear plant right here in our own district," said Senator Eklund. "After two and a half years of hard work and hearing over 17 hours of testimony on this bill, we have come to agreement on a bill that is measured and in the best interest of our complex and diverse energy sector, as well as ratepayers across Ohio."

Major details of the legislation in the version passed by the Senate include:

Reducing Rates for Customers: Because of the legislation, from 2021 through 2027, Ohio ratepayers will annually pay $137 million less for electricity. This will reduce a residential ratepayer's electricity bill by about $2.82 per month. In total, over those seven years, the overall electric bills of Ohio ratepayers will be reduced by over $961 million.

Saving the Nuclear Plants: Contingent on annual management and financial reviews, Ohio's qualifying nuclear plants will receive $150 million to continue operating in Ohio until 2027. Under certain circumstances, the State will be able to reduce or stop those payments before 2027.

Boosting Solar Power Development: In order to help encourage a diversified energy portfolio in this state, the bill separately allocates $20 million per year to use in the development of solar energy.

Additionally, the legislation takes important steps to ensure that renewable energy continues to be encouraged in Ohio.

"I sincerely believe that our version of House Bill 6 is in the best interest of Ohioans, and I thank my colleagues and the advocates who helped us get here," stated Senator Steve Wilson, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee. "I am exceedingly proud of the time, passion and hard work that went into producing a very good product for Ohioans. We are taking a quantum leap forward with the State's diverse energy portfolio by taking care of ratepayers, improving transparency, and setting the conditions for new opportunities in regards to jobs and clean energy."

For more information regarding Substitute House Bill 6, click here.

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