Hoops introduces bill to repeal energy subsidies in HB 6


COLUMBUS – State Reps. Jim Hoops, R-Napoleon, and Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, on Tuesday introduced legislation to repeal the controversial nuclear and solar energy subsidy created by House Bill 6.

Stein said several changes at the federal level since the original passage of House Bill 6 make the subsidy no longer necessary to maintain operations at Ohio’s two nuclear plants, Davis-Besse and Perry.

House Bill 128 calls for refunds to ratepayers for fees collected under both provisions.

“The average ratepayer has already seen a decrease in their rates due to House Bill 6 and, with the proposed changes in House Bill 128, customers will see further ratepayer protections,” Hoops said.

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, was arrested last summer and accused of using nearly $61 million from Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. and others to win control of the Ohio House, pass House Bill 6 and defend it from a ballot effort to block the subsidies.

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