COLUMBUS – Tuesday’s hearing of the House Select Committee on Ohio’s Energy Policy capped off a hectic two-day marathon of energy discussions for Co-Chairs and State Representatives Lynn Olman (R-Maumee) and Nancy Hollister (R-Marietta).

On Monday, Olman and Hollister - along with PUCO Chairman Alan Schriber – privately toured American Electric Power (AEP)’s trading facility in Columbus and met with AEP officials. The visit marked the third energy facility toured by Olman since last October. He had also toured AEP’s Gavin Power Plant in Gallipolis and FirstEnergy’s Perry Nuclear Power Plant near Cleveland.

Olman expressed amazement at the complexity of the energy trading process witnessed firsthand at the AEP facility. “These traders are responsible for predicting their company’s capacity, regulatory reserves, weather demand and the amount of power sufficient to serve their customers,” he remarked. “All this activity, while at the same time they’re selling their excess power back out onto the open market - it’s truly a fascinating process.”

Tuesday’s committee hearing marked the seventh such hearing for the special committee, formed earlier this spring at the behest of House Speaker Larry Householder. The select committee, a combination of the House Public Utilities and House Energy & Environment standing committees, has been charged with re-evaluating Ohio’s energy programs, assessing the depth of its energy resources, and determining what changes can be made to ensure continued access to an adequate and consumer-friendly energy supply.

Committee members on Tuesday heard from two panels of experts on the topics of clean coal technology and novel uses for coal and its byproducts. The committee plans to conduct several more hearings in the coming months.

“This is a new world under deregulation, and as our Energy Policy Committee gathers information to set future public policy it’s important to understand all facets of the business.” Olman explained.

Adding to Tuesday’s hearing was a special appearance by Ms. Ulla Antilla, a member of the Finnish parliament and author of several publications on energy and environmental policy issues. Her visit was part of a two-week professional study tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Olman and Hollister met privately with Ms. Antilla and her guide after the committee hearing.

“It was a real treat to have someone so distinguished come and observe our committee,” Olman said. “We were able to have some wonderful discussions with her about energy issues on both a parochial and global level.”

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