On August 5, nearly 50 businesses, investors, trade associations, and environmental organizations with a presence in Ohio sent a letter to Governor Mike DeWine and members of the Ohio legislature calling for the immediate repeal of House Bill 6 and urging lawmakers to restore Ohio’s clean energy standards, such as the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, that were eliminated with the passage of House Bill 6 (HB 6) in 2019.
This letter was issued in response to the federal indictment of former House Speaker Larry Householder earlier this month in connection with a $60 million bribery scheme allegedly involving multiple state officials and associates.
The CHP Alliance was very active in 2019 opposing HB 6. We submitted written testimony to the House and Senate Energy subcommittees in the spring/summer of 2019 opposing the bill, arguing that the Ohio energy efficiency standard increases manufacturer competitiveness by significantly reducing their energy costs and provides considerable potential for CHP deployment as well as continued investments in industrial energy efficiency measures in Ohio. Additionally, in aftermath of HB 6 passing, we submitted comments to the Public Utility Commission of Ohio on behalf of several companies and organizations (including many CHP Alliance members) urging the Commission not to eliminate the utility energy efficiency programs.
You can access a PDF version of the business letter below.