Substitute Energy Bill a Mixed Bag for Manufacturers

Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) has introduced a substitute version of House-passed HB 114, and its a mixed bag for manufacturers.

The good: It eases regulations that limit manufacturers’ ability to site wind turbines on their properties; it makes opt-out from energy standards easier when cost benefits don’t work out; and it maintains (but lessens the targets of) energy efficiency standards and their benefits.

The bad: It allows distribution utilities to “bank savings” under energy efficiency programs, the effect of which will be to increase manufacturers’ bills, and with no benefit at all. 5/31/2018