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Nuclear Power Policy Activist, Independent

I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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Ohio's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), signed into law in 2007, had been an expensive and wasteful disaster. After eleven years of subsidizing solar had only increased its market share by 3%, Ohioans had had enough. So in 2019, House Bill 6 repealed the RPS, and replaced it with a Zero-Emission Credit (ZEC) to which all zero-emissions sources of electricity - including wind, solar, and nuclear - would be entitled. Finally, all clean energy sources could compete on a level playing field.

The moment HB6 was signed into law, however, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) realized they couldn't compete with Ohio's two nuclear plants - plants which deliver clean electricity night and day, all year 'round. So with a war chest stocked with tens of $millions they mounted a two-year-long campaign to repeal HB6, portraying it as a nuclear "bailout".

And today, with nuclear prevented from receiving its fair share of Ohio's Zero-Emissions Credit by the scratches of some angry legislator's pen:

HB6's repeal was approved by Ohio's senate. Though it might one day mean the end of nuclear in Ohio, and an increase of millions of tons of CO2 emissions, the story is far from over.


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