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AEE and Ohio AEE React to the Passage of House Bill 114, Say It Makes Ohio Less Competitive

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AEE and Ohio AEE React to the Passage of House Bill 114, Say It Makes Ohio Less Competitive

Following Gov. Kasich’s veto last year, the Ohio House passed HB114, a job-killer that would cost Ohio a $10 billion market opportunity from reinstated energy standards, business group says

Columbus, Ohio, March 30, 2017—Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy provided the following statement following the passage of HB114 from the Ohio House of Representatives, a bill that is objectively worse for the advanced energy industry than HB554, the bill vetoed by Gov. Kasich last year. According to AEE, HB114 would be a job-killer in Ohio, depriving the state of $10 billion in advanced energy market opportunities created by reinstatement of the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards January 1, as a result of the Governor’s veto.

“The Ohio House’s attempt to slam a revolving door on the advanced energy industry by passing a job-killer like HB114 is discouraging. Businesses are depending on a clear signal from the legislature and unfortunately all they keep hearing is that Ohio is closed for business,” said Ray Fakhoury, State Policy Associate at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). “Now it’s up to the Senate to do take a stand and do what’s right for Ohio’s consumers by rejecting HB114.”

“It’s unfortunate that Ohio continues to undermine its reputation and its economy by throwing roadblocks in front of renewable energy and energy efficiency,” said Ted Ford, President of the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy. “The advanced energy industry has created over 100,000 jobs and attracted billions in investment to Ohio.  Ohio can’t go forward by going backward.”

About Advanced Energy Economy
Advanced Energy Economy is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. AEE and its State and Regional Partner organizations are active in 27 states across the country, representing more than 1,000 companies and organizations in the advanced energy industry. Visit AEE online at www.aee.net.

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Media Contact:
Monique Hanis, press@aee.net, 202-391-0884

Monique Hanis
Sr. Director, Media Relations & Publications
Advanced Energy Economy
The business voice of advanced energy
202-391-0884 | mhanis@aee.net | www.AEE.net | @AEEnet @GreenerMonique