Customer groups and suppliers continue to line up in support of Representative Mark Romanchuk’s House Bill 247, which would protect competitive electric markets. This week members of the House Public Utilities Committee heard proponent testimony from the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), Energy Professionals of Ohio, and competitive energy supplier Dynegy.
Next week, the committee is expecting to hear from opponents and interested parties. A vote could follow early in 2018. The OMA strongly supports HB 247. Utility companies oppose the bill because they benefit from being able to collect above-market charges from customers under current regulation. 12/7/2017