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DeWine signs bill blocking Ohio cities from banning natural gas

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine signed into state law Thursday legislation that blocks cities or counties from banning natural gas or propane hookups to decarbonize new buildings. This makes Ohio one of 19 states that have either passed what’s known as a natural gas “preemption” bill into law or will do so soon upon gubernatorial approval, according […]

Bill creating new hurdles for wind and solar heads to governor

BY: - June 30, 2021

State GOP lawmakers passed legislation around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning that bestows new powers unto county commissioners, allowing them kill wind and solar projects early in their development. The bill, which now goes to Gov. Mike DeWine for consideration, would also allow commissioners to block wind or solar development in all or part of an […]

Senate committee eyes vote to shield natural gas from cities’ bans

BY: - June 15, 2021

Update: The Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee passed House Bill 201 at 10 a.m. Tuesday. An Ohio Senate committee could vote out legislation Tuesday that would shield the natural gas industry from the potential of cities seeking to crack down on fossil fuel emissions.  If passed, House Bill 201 would block any city or […]

Senate passes bill creating new hurdles for wind, solar development

BY: - June 3, 2021

The Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday granting new powers to county commissions to scuttle wind and solar development projects. Senate Bill 52 would require the green energy developers — before filing a separate application with the state Power Siting Board that currently exists in law — to hold a public hearing with advance notice to […]

House passes bill blocking cities from banning natural gas

BY: - May 11, 2021

The state House of Representatives passed legislation last week that would block Ohio cities from limiting or banning residents from obtaining natural gas or propane services for their homes. All House Republicans and two Democrats voted in favor of House Bill 201, which would undercut potential efforts from cities taking a go-at-it alone approach to […]

House to consider blocking cities from banning natural gas

BY: - April 29, 2021

An Ohio House committee sent legislation to the floor Wednesday that would prohibit local governments from blocking consumers from obtaining natural gas hookups. House Bill 201, as passed by Republicans on the House Energy Committee, prohibits cities from passing laws that “limits the use of, prohibits, or prevents residential, commercial, or industrial consumers within their […]

State Republicans seek to ban cities from limiting natural gas development

BY: - March 25, 2021

Ohio lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would block cities and counties from opting out of pipeline projects or limiting the use of natural gas. Lobbyists representing the coal and natural gas industries appeared before the House Energy and Natural Resources committee Wednesday in support. House Bill 192 would prohibit city or county […]