Energy

Editorial: Don’t pass nuclear bailout without plan for renewable energy
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Renewable Energy

Editorial: Don’t pass nuclear bailout without plan for renewable energy

“As The Dispatch already has opined, the nuclear bailout could be palatable, given the plants’ economic importance and the fact that they produce 90% of all Ohio clean energy, if HB 6 truly were the ‘clean energy’ measure its sponsors touted. They said the 50-cents-per-month fee paid by each customer […]

State should not bail out old nuclear power plants
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

State should not bail out old nuclear power plants

“Here are some numbers Rulli and other area state legislators should consider as they decide on Ohio’s energy future: Trumbull Energy Center is expected to bring $1.8 billion in economic benefits to the state from construction to 40 years of operation, including payments to local schools and governments. Gas transportation […]

State Senator Matt Dolan, a Republican, @ElectMattDolan says he's working on an HB6 alternative & questions the need to pass nuke subsidies by June 30.
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Day of reckoning nears for Ohio nuclear bailout bill

COLUMBUS — “Next week will be an important one in deciding the fate of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants and the state’s green-energy mandates. House Bill 6, which would bail out FirstEnergy Solutions’ Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants and scrap Ohio’s energy-efficiency and renewable-energy standards for utilities, must be passed […]

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).
FirstEnergy

Supreme Court says PUCO allowed FirstEnergy to improperly charge customers

“A split Ohio Supreme Court has blocked a charge FirstEnergy customers have been paying since 2017, saying state regulators improperly allowed it to go forward.  This charge cost customers as much as $200 million for each of those two years. The Public Utilities Commission and FirstEnergy had argued the charge was […]

Giant, inflatable pig at center of protest about bill involving Davis-Besse
Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Giant, inflatable pig at center of protest about bill involving Davis-Besse

BOWLING GREEN — “Critics of a controversial bill aimed at saving Ohio’s commercial nuclear industry did more than just argue over the merits of splitting atoms and the challenges of managing radioactive waste on Monday. They rallied around a pig. Not just any pig, mind you. A giant, inflatable pig […]

All six of FirstEnergy Solutions' coal and nuclear plants, four of which are in Ohio, are in danger of closing. Photo by NRC
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Nuke plants seeking $150 million annual bailout not interested in verifying need

COLUMBUS — “Nuclear power plants purchase fuel every 18-24 months. It just so happens one of the two plants in question is about to reach that point. The Davis-Besse plant is scheduled to make a purchase around July 1, 2019 because its fuel will run out in February 2020. It takes […]

Ohio Citizen Action hosts “No More Pork for FirstEnergy” tour across Ohio
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Ohio Consumers Power Alliance / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio Citizen Action hosts “No More Pork for FirstEnergy” tour across Ohio

Ohio Citizen Action and our allies will be hosting events across the state, strategically planned to protest House Bill 6 and pressure Ohio lawmakers to follow suit. Please RSVP on Facebook here Cincinnati — Medina  — Bowling Green. More information about each event — in Bowling Green, Cincinnati, and Medina — is below. Cincinnati — If passed, […]

Crain’s editorial: Fix it
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Crain’s editorial: Fix it

CLEVELAND — “House Bill 6, a measure passed May 29 that would subsidize the state’s struggling coal and nuclear plants, is bad policy. It’s now up to the Ohio Senate to put consumers first, think more expansively about the future, and correct at least some of the bill’s flaws before it […]

Perry Nuclear Power Station as seen from Headlands State Park, Mentor, Ohio (Credit: Wainstead/Public Domain)
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Costs of FirstEnergy nuclear bailout bill could exceed out-of-pocket subsidies

An analysis by grid operator PJM considers losses if Ohio nuclear subsidies deter new generation. COLUMBUS — “A bill to subsidize FirstEnergy Solutions’ two Ohio nuclear plants could cost customers even more than the hundreds of millions of dollars in direct charges proposed to prop up those plus two older coal […]

The Perry Nuclear Power Station in Lake County, Ohio. Photo by
FirstEnergy Corp. / Flickr / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Are Ohio’s two nuclear power plants profitable? Depends who you ask

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio Senate panel spent much of Tuesday morning hearing arguments between consultants paid by supporters and foes of bailing out two nuclear power plants over a seemingly straightforward question: are the two nuclear plants profitable or not? Paul Sotkiewicz, a Florida-based energy economics analyst, laid out to the Senate […]