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    Ohio Energy and Environment Legislation 2017-2018

    Pending and Enacted in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly
    Current through November 14, 2018

    Listed below are the bills relating to energy and environment that are pending or were enacted in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly which opened in January 2017 and will conclude in December 2018.

    We include links to the full text of the legislation which include the most recently available analysis from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. The bills are listed by number from the most recently introduced to the earliest with House bills listed first, followed by Senate bills.

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    H.B. 723 - Injection Wells
    Sponsored by Representative Glenn Holmes (D-Girard)

    Limits the number of injection well permits that the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management may issue in a county.
    Chronology
    August 29, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2018 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    H.B. 604 - Wind Setbacks
    Sponsored by Representative Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton)

    Alters the minimum setback requirement for wind farms of five or more megawatts and to makes the authorization of qualified energy project property tax exemptions permanent.
    Chronology
    April 17, 2018 Introduced in the House
    May 15, 2018 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    H.B. 578 - Injection Wells
    Sponsored by Representative Glenn Holmes (D-Girard)

    Establishes new setback requirements applicable to new Class II injection wells and requires thirty-seven and one-half per cent of the out-of-district injection well fee to be paid directly to the municipal corporation or township in which the injection well is located.
    Chronology
    March 28, 2018 Introduced in the House
    April 10, 2018 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    H.B. 562 - Park Drilling
    Sponsored by Representative David Leland (D-Columbus)

    Prohibits the drilling of a horizontal well in various state and local parks.
    Chronology
    March 19, 2018 Introduced in the House
    April 10, 2018 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    H.B. 430 - Energy Tax Exemption
    Sponsored by Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster)

    Expands the scope of a sales and use tax exemption for certain kinds of property used in the production of oil and gas

    Signed by the Governor on June 14, 2018; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 393 - Brine Sales
    Sponsored by Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)

    Authorizes a person to sell brine derived from an oil and gas operation that is processed as a commodity for use in surface application in deicing, dust suppression, and other applications.
    Chronology
    October 26, 2017 Introduced in the House
    October 31, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee
    May 15, 2018 Reported out of committee


    H.B. 381 - Nuclear Energy
    Sponsored by Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)

    Regarding the zero-emissions nuclear resource program.
    Chronology
    October 11, 2017 Introduced in the House
    October 17, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    H.B. 249 - Submetering
    Sponsored by Representative Mike Duffey (R-Worthington)

    Permits the Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules governing residential utility reselling.
    Chronology
    May 31, 2017 Introduced in the House
    June 6, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    H.B. 247 - Utility Law
    Sponsored by Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario)

    Requires refunds to utility customers who have been improperly charged, eliminates electric security plans and requires all electric standard service offers to be delivered through market-rate offers, and strengthens corporate separation requirements.
    Chronology
    May 24, 2017 Introduced in the House
    June 6, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    H.B. 239 - Security Resources
    Sponsored by Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell)

    Allows electric distribution utilities to recover costs for a national security generation resource.
    Chronology
    May 23, 2017 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 225 - Oil Gas Wells
    Sponsored by Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta)

    Allows a landowner to report an idle and orphaned well or abandoned well, requires the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management to inspect and classify such a well, requires the Chief to begin plugging a well classified as distressed-high priority within a specified time period, and authorizes an income tax deduction for reimbursements paid by the state to a landowner for costs incurred to plug an idle or orphaned well.

    Signed by the Governor on June 29, 2018; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 221 - Water Sewer Projects
    Sponsored by Representative Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald)

    Expressly includes, as eligible projects under the State Capital Improvements Program administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission, water and sewer laterals located on private property.
    Chronology
    May 16, 2017 Introduced in the House
    May 1, 2017 Referred to Finance Committee


    H.B. 178 - Nuclear Energy
    Sponsored by Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)

    Regarding the zero-emissions nuclear resource program.
    Chronology
    April 10, 2017 Introduced in the House
    May 1, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    H.B. 143 - Electric Companies
    Sponsored by Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay)

    Clarifies the definition of "electric distribution company" for kilowatt-hour tax purposes.
    Chronology
    March 21, 2017 Introduced in the House
    March 29, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    H.B. 114 - Renewable Energy
    Sponsored by Representative Louis Blessing (R-Colerain)

    Revises the provisions governing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and peak demand reduction and alters funding allocations under the Home Energy Assistance Program.
    Chronology
    March 7, 2017 Introduced in the House
    March 14, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee
    March 28, 2017 Reported out of committee
    March 30, 2017 Passed in House 65-31
    April 26, 2017 Moved to Senate and referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    H.B. 105 - Well Fund
    Sponsored by Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire)

    Limits the amount of revenue that may be credited to the Oil and Gas Well Fund and allocates funds in excess of that amount to local governments, fire departments, and a grant program to encourage compressed natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel.
    Chronology
    March 2, 2017 Introduced in the House
    March 14, 2017 Referred to Ways & Means Committee


    S.B. 238 - Wind Farm Setbacks
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Dolan(R-Chagrin Falls)

    Regarding wind turbine setbacks for wind farms of at least five megawatts.
    Chronology
    December 5, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    December 13, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    S.B. 217 - Brine Disposal
    Sponsored by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

    Revises enforcement of the Oil and Gas Law, including increasing criminal penalties and requiring revocation of permits for violations of that Law relating to improper disposal of brine.
    Chronology
    October 12, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    November 15, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    S.B. 188 - Wind Turbine Setbacks
    Sponsored by Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay)

    Revises wind turbine setback provisions for economically significant wind farms.
    Chronology
    September 14, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    September 20, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    S.B. 184 - Wind Setbacks
    Sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood)

    Alters the minimum setback requirement for wind farms of five or more megawatts.
    Chronology
    September 1, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    September 6, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    S.B. 157 - Utility Reselling
    Sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park)

    Regulates the reselling of public utility service.
    Chronology
    May 25, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    June 15, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    S.B. 155 - Security Resources
    Sponsored by Senator Lou Terhar (R-Green Twp)

    Allows electric distribution utilities to recover costs for a national security generation resource.
    Chronology
    May 23, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    May 24, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    S.B. 128 - Nuclear Energy
    Sponsored by Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Twp )

    Regarding the zero-emissions nuclear resource program.
    Chronology
    April 10, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    April 26, 2017 Referred to Public Utilities Committee


    S.B. 53 - Lake Erie Drilling
    Sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell (D–Lakewood)

    Bans the taking or removal of oil or natural gas from and under the bed of Lake Erie.
    Chronology
    February 14, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    February 15, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    S.B. 51 - Lake Erie
    Sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell (D–Lakewood)

    Authorizes the creation of a special improvement district to facilitate Lake Erie shoreline improvement.
    Chronology
    February 14, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    February 15, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee>
    June 27, 2018 Reported out of committee
    July 10, 2018 Passed in Senate 30-0
    November 13, 2018 Moved to House and referred to Finance Committee


    S.B. 50 - Oil & Gas Laws
    Sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell (D–Lakewood)

    Prohibits land application and deep well injection of brine, prohibits the conversion of wells, and eliminates the injection fee that is levied under the Oil and Gas Law.
    Chronology
    February 14, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    February 15, 2017 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    S.B. 2 - Environmental Laws
    Sponsored by Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay)

    Revises specified laws relating to environmental protection.

    Signed by the Governor on July 7, 2017; effective in 90 days