The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is giving Ohio’s investor-owned utilities until Sept. 30 to accept applications for energy-efficiency rebates. The utilities will then have until Dec. 31 to wind down their energy efficiency programs, as required by House Bill 6. The elimination of the efficiency programs was used as justification for HB 6’s above-market charges, which are set to subsidize select coal, nuclear and solar power plants.
Manufacturers planning or implementing an energy efficiency project should file their rebate application as soon as possible — certainly no later than Sept. 30. The PUCO order applies to Ohio’s four investor-owned utilities: AEP Ohio, Duke, DP&L, and FirstEnergy.
The cost of the efficiency programs may persist into 2021 and be charged to customers via a rider. Manufacturers should consider opting out of this charge-with-no-benefit, as allowed by law. Contact OMA energy engineer John Seryak with questions or for assistance. 2/27/2020