Wild Backstory Aside, House Bill 6 Opens a Door for Energy Efficiency Monetization in Ohio

January 27, 2021

Ohio House Bill 6 had the kind of year that, if it hadn’t taken place during 2020, might have garnered national headlines and caught the attention of Hollywood. 

Before we succumb to the temptation of divulging exploitative details–which include outcries of scandal, bribery, corruption, and racketeering–let’s cover the fundamentals of the bill and what they mean to organizations in the Buckeye State looking to monetize their energy efficiency (EE) projects in 2021 and beyond.

HB 6 was enacted into law on Oct. 19, 2019, and requires all energy efficiency (EE) programs offered by electric utilities in Ohio to end by December 31, 2020.

That utility EE programs are no longer offered in 2021 means any rebate rewards offered by utilities are no longer available to organizations who complete or have completed, EE projects. 

But that DOES NOT mean that organizations and EE project developers in Ohio who help the electric grid by permanently reducing electric demand are shut out from earning revenue for their efforts. 

When one door closes…

In Ohio, organizations and EE project developers can, with the help of a licensed curtailment service provider (CSP), offer their permanently reduced demand (“negawatts”) into PJM’s capacity market, the Reliability Pricing Model.

Once the reduced load is accepted into the market, the organization will earn revenue from PJM for four years after the project was completed. 

To learn more about monetizing energy efficiency projects in PJM in the wake of Ohio House Bill 6’s enactment, click here.  

To learn more about the wild ride House Bill 6 had, Google it and pick from any number of vitriol-laced articles that show up on the first page. 

Fun as it may be to shine a light on the mudslinging around HB 6, it’s not our place at The Current to feed the political maelstrom. We’re here to inform, so you can make educated energy management decisions.

That said, you might want to make sure you do your reading on HB 6 indoors and away from the windows. There is a lot of lightning out there right now.

Published by

Russ Newbold

Russ Newbold

As Vice President & General Manager of Energy Efficiency for CPower, Russ has led an EE team that has qualified over 50,000 projects and over 1,000 MWs into the PJM Energy Efficiency Program.

Russ Newbold
Russ Newbold

As Vice President & General Manager of Energy Efficiency for CPower, Russ has led an EE team that has qualified over 50,000 projects and over 1,000 MWs into the PJM Energy Efficiency Program.