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Don’t restrict solar, wind plans in Ohio

Ohio lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 52 and House Bill 118, which would create a referendum process on certificates for large wind and solar facilities, before they go before the Ohio Power Siting Board. Though the pretense is that such a measure is good, because it would place decision-making in the hands of communities, in reality it puts an obstacle in front of solar or wind companies that is not placed before most other private employers in Ohio.

“If this legislation was passed, it would almost certainly result in investment leaving the state of Ohio for surrounding states,” Mark Walter, spokesman for solar developer Savion, told another media outlet.

Indeed. If it takes a manufactured challenge to the industry to keep solar and other renewable projects from making headway in our state, perhaps lawmakers should refocus their efforts.

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