OMA Continues Opposition to Utility Giveaway Provisions

The OMA this week continued to highlight its concerns with House-approved utility law language in the state’s two-year budget (House Bill 33).

In this OMA letter to House leaders, the association points out that HB 33, in its current form, would increase customers’ electric bills and erode important customer protections. The OMA will continue its fight to remove these harmful provisions as the budget-writing process moves to the Senate.

The House budget also contains language to block power companies from charging customers to build new electric vehicle charging stations, as reported by The Plain Dealer. The language would, however, allow utilities to pass on costs of “make-ready infrastructure,” including hardware that provides power to the stations. The OMA supports a more preferrable EV charging infrastructure plan. For updates, plan to attend the May 18 OMA Energy Committee meeting. 4/27/2023