Natural Gas Access Bill Gets Second Hearing

This week, House Bill 201 received its second hearing in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. As outlined by its sponsor, Rep. Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill), the bill would give customers the “right to choose the energy option that works best for them, while making sure every community in Ohio with natural gas maintains the ability for its citizens and its businesses to access this abundant source of Ohio energy.”

While the OMA has long agreed that local governments should not ban the access to natural gas, there is some concern HB 201, as currently drafted, could create new, increased distribution riders for customers. The OMA will be engaging with Rep. Stephens and committee members for clarification. 3/25/2021