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Some green put back in Senate version of state energy bill

State Senator Theresa Gavarone

“’It’s going to really prevent cities from losing money on renewable energy,’ Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, said on Wednesday night. ‘I’m pretty excited about this. This is important to Bowling Green.’

Bowling Green officials turned to Gavarone after feeling their concerns about green energy were ignored by State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg. Ghanbari voted in favor of HB 6, which would bail out two nuclear plants, support to coal-fired plants (one in Indiana), and get rid of all mandates for the state to work toward renewable energy.

That hit Bowling Green hard, since the city has invested heavily in wind and solar power, and currently gets 40 percent of its power from renewable sources. City leaders consider green energy as the wise choice for Ohio’s future.

Estimates showed that Bowling Green could lose up to $400,000 a year by not being able to sell renewable energy credits to communities that needed to meet the state mandate.

‘Things are going to be changed to benefit the city of Bowling Green,’ Gavarone said.

However, it is unknown how much of a difference the new version of the bill will make.”

— Jan Larson McLaughlin, BG Independent News

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