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Proposed Ohio ‘clean energy’ bill could disproportionately harm some small businesses

Small manufacturing businesses will be riddled with increased electric bills if HB 6 is passed.

BEREA — “Berea Manufacturing, which employs eight people in an industrial park not far from Baldwin Wallace University, under House Bill 6 could see its monthly electric bill go up from around $800 a month to around $1,800 a month, according to an analysis from experts contacted by cleveland.com.

‘As a small business owner, it’s infuriating,’ said Berea Manufacturing Owner Tom Pandoli.

‘This guy’s company is an example of probably the sort of company that’s not really considered in this bill,’ said John Seryak, an engineer for the Ohio Manufacturers Association, which opposes HB 6.

Because of how HB 6 is written, other similar small companies could be disproportionately impacted if they, like Berea Manufacturing:

  • Are an industrial business with multiple electric meters, despite being just one company and
  • Have relatively low electricity use”

— Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com

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