Yet again, Ohio lawmakers had the opportunity to step out of the cloud of corruption that looms over them. Instead of creating any sort of comprehensive energy policy for our state, the state legislature chose to pass SB 52, to further deter renewable energy development in Ohio. SB 52 subjects renewable energy projects to a new layer of government regulation in addition to the state process not applied to any other source. On top of that, Ohio lawmakers also passed another bill that prohibits local officials from interfering with fossil fuel generation. SB 52 stands in the way of landowners who want to install solar and wind projects on their own land. This is the rare piece of legislation that brings together farmers, businesses, and environmental groups in opposition.
Under SB 52, County Commissioners have the authority to prohibit wind and solar development in their entire county. This could happen with a vote simply by a County Commission, which is often only composed of 3-5 officials. Seeing the possibility of the rug being pulled from under them, this renewable energy project –– and future projects like it –– will avoid Ohio altogether, leaving Ohio devoid of all those amazing benefits.
With utter disregard for what Ohio consumers want, our state legislators are working to count Ohio out of the clean energy market. Now is the time for a diversified energy policy that works for all Ohioans.
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We urge you to call your legislators. Thank those representatives and senators who voted against SB 52, and express your displeasure with those who voted yes.
Calling your legislators is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make an impact. To leave a telephone message for your state representative or senator. call Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.