Ohio House Concurs On Senate-Passed Nuclear Subsidy Bill, HB 6 Enrolled
Enrolled Bill Includes Provision Allowing Utilities To Construct Renewable Energy Generation For Customers
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The Ohio House has concurred with the Senate-passed version of HB 6, which provides subsidies to nuclear and other qualifying resources, and the bill has been enrolled
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has said that he will sign HB 6
The enrolled bill does not create any nuclear purchase obligation on retail suppliers. Subsidies will be funded via nonbypassable charge. The bill does not provide for the use of any subsidized generation in default service
As enrolled, the bill includes a provision stating that, "An electric distribution utility may, on a nondiscriminatory basis and subject to approval by the public utilities commission, enter into an agreement having a term of three years or more with a mercantile customer or group of mercantile customers for the purpose of constructing a customer sited renewable energy resource in this state that will provide the mercantile customer or group with a material portion of the customer's or group's electricity requirements."
The enrolled bill further provides that, "Any direct or indirect costs, including costs for infrastructure development or generation, associated with the in-state customer-sited renewable energy resource shall be paid for solely by the utility and the mercantile customer or group of mercantile customers. At no point shall the commission authorize the utility to collect, nor shall the utility ever collect, any of those costs from any customer other than the mercantile customer or group of mercantile customers."
The enrolled bill retains an RPS, but lowers the overall RPS each year starting in 2020 versus current law.
Additionally, the bill eliminates the solar carve-out in the RPS
Under the bill, the RPS will be 8.5% in 2026, versus the current 12.5%. See the bill (page 38) for the specific year-by-year changes in RPS
The enrolled bill provides that if an electric distribution utility has executed a contract before April 1, 2014, to procure renewable energy resources and there are ongoing costs associated with that contract that are being recovered from customers through a bypassable charge as of September 12, 2014, that cost recovery shall, regardless of the amendments to section 4928.64 of the Revised Code by H.B. 6 of the 133rd general assembly, continue on a bypassable basis through December 31, 2032.
Furthermore, the enrolled bill reduces, for both EDCs and retail suppliers, the RPS baselines to remove load associated with any subsidies to nuclear or other facilities qualifying for a subsidy under the bill, starting in 2020
Similarly, any load associated with self-assessing mercantile customers under ORC 5727.81 (related to the excise tax) would not be included in an EDC's or retail supplier's RPS.
Self-assessing mercantile customers would not be subject to any bypassable RPS charge imposed by the EDC
The bill authorizes a nonbypassable charge for OVEC (legacy generation resource) costs.
An electric distribution utility, including all electric distribution utilities in the same holding company, shall bid all output from a legacy generation resource (OVEC) into the wholesale market and shall not use the output in supplying its Standard Service Offer provided under section 4928.142 or 4928.143 of the Revised Code