Nuclear Subsidy Rules Lack Audit to Protect Consumers

This week, Ohio’s controversial nuclear bailout law (HB 6) took another step toward implementation as the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) — comprised of state lawmakers — advanced a major rules package at its Dec. 9 meeting.

In an effort to better protect captive customers from overpaying, the OMA has commented on numerous issues regarding the proposed rules. At this week’s JCARR meeting, the OMA joined Ohio’s residential consumer advocate to urge the panel to invalidate the rules proposed by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.

During the General Assembly’s consideration of HB 6, the OMA was a leading voice calling for an annual audit process to protect customers. This week’s actions watered down the already weak consumer safeguards, making them virtually non-existent. 12/10/2019