SB 58 Will Affect You
In an executive overview of SB 58 recently compiled by the Ohio Manufacturer's Association (OMA), the significant changes in the advanced energy and renewable standards "would...limit the development of advanced and renewable projects, which are diversifying the state's energy portfolio. Additionally, removing the in-state requirement would lower the value of renewable projects, such as solar arrays or wind generators, financed by manufacturers."
Ohio manufacturers will be affected on several fronts with the passage of this revised legislation, namely:
- Capping (or reducing) the amount of money that electric utilities would use to reimburse your projects to increase plant energy efficiency;
- Enabling utilities to avoid providing incentives for reduced energy consumption programs initiated by manufacturers by allowing those utilities to count investments in their own operations;
- Eliminating the in-state requirement for renewable energy generation.
Alternately, the current bill (SB 221) is already benefiting manufacturers. The OMA recently released a cost-benefit analysis detailing the impact on the state’s energy efficiency standards on manufacturers’ electricity bills. "The analysis shows a price suppression benefit for all types of manufacturing operations, large to small, that outweighs the cost of the utility riders that support the energy efficiency programs. That is, the energy efficiency programs are saving all manufacturers money on their electricity bills," according to reports.
WIRE-Net members are taking an aggressive stand against SB 58. In partnership with organizations such as OMA and the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy (a coalition for innovative, secure, and affordable energy), and other manufacturing advocates nationwide, WIRE-Net is calling for Ohio legislators to act in a reasonable and responsible manner and strike down SB 58.
We agree with a growing list of mayors, city councils, and industry advocates across the state who are publicly voicing their opposition to the bill.
An analysis of SB 58 by the Union of Concerned Scientists concluded, "Periodic review of any policy makes good sense. But such reviews need to be based on sound and transparent analysis from credible sources, not ideological attacks and disinformation from special interest groups funded by the very industry that stands to benefit from dismantling the policy.
"A rigorous review of Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards would find that these policies have been effective, affordable, and are delivering benefits to consumers and the environment," their statement reads. "They should be strengthened – not repealed or diluted."
Cleveland.com... OMA position
Executive Overview of SB58 (OMA PDF)
The Plain Dealer editorial board statement
Union of Concerned Scientists blog