This week, the OMA submitted opponent testimony on House Bill 118 and Senate Bill 52. The companion bills would allow local townships to hold referendums on large-scale solar and wind bills that have been approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board.
As the OMA stated in its testimony, the development of both solar and wind power in Ohio — as in other states — “has continued to increase over the past decade as companies and citizens demand sustainable and cleaner options for their electricity generation. Ohio’s statewide approval process, managed by the Ohio Power Siting Board, has been an effective mechanism to site such projects, weighing the pros and cons for the state and its citizens. For clarity, uniformity of policy, and economy of process, the OMA urges a statewide approach for such projects and decisions.” The OMA will remain engaged as the legislation moves through the process. 3/25/2021