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The Perry Nuclear Power Station in Lake County, Ohio. Photo by
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Ohio nuclear bailout bill held up because of lawmaker absences

COLUMBUS —”After hours of debates, negotiation and votes, Ohio lawmakers prepared to give final approval to high-profile legislation to gut Ohio’s green-energy mandates and create large public subsidies for nuclear and coal plants. But there was one problem: because four ‘yes’ votes in the House were gone, supporters fell one vote […]

Senate nuclear subsidies plan ends energy efficiency requirements
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Senate nuclear subsidies plan ends energy efficiency requirements

“A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate on Monday that would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants. That fee, along with charges to commercial and industrial users, would generate […]

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
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Bailout of Ohio’s nuclear power plants may come too late for FirstEnergy Solutions

COLUMBUS — “Meanwhile, recent testimony in Columbus by outside economists might have led to a more cautious Senate. One is Paul Sotkiewicz, a former chief economist for PJM Interconnection, which runs the electricity grid in the region. Sotkiewicz, who now is a consultant based in Florida, also is a former economist at […]

Reineke takes campaign checks from FirstEnergy Corp. before cosponsoring their bailout bill
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Reineke takes campaign checks from FirstEnergy Corp. before cosponsoring their bailout bill

TIFFIN, OH — “Members of the Ohio House, including State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), who voted in favor of a bill to bail out uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants received over $320,000 in campaign money from four utilities that will benefit financially from the bill’s passage. American Electric Power (AEP), […]

The Brazos Wind Farm, also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near Fluvanna, Texas. (Wikimedia Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Ohio's Clean Energy Future

An Ohio Energy Revolution

“In the legislative cram-down that has attended H.B. 6, the bill’s utility and labor-union proponents have mouthed a number of weak arguments, hoping to give the bailout some plausible reasoning. None of them have stuck. First, H.B. 6’s sponsors said that if nuclear power plants went out of business, power […]

Generation Now spending on HB6.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Who paid all that money to buy all those nuclear bailout ads raining on Ohio?

CINCINNATI — “The big money behind the bill hasn’t been reserved for ads this year. Groups allied with Householder put $800,000 into ads for Ohio’s 2018 campaigns, boosting candidates who put Householder into the speaker’s seat. A couple of the winning candidates also are key sponsors of House Bill 6. But donors behind the campaign […]

FirstEnergy Solutions faces heavy opposition from federal authorities over the restructuring plan it has proposed in federal bankruptcy court. The company's hopes for a May 6 vote by major creditor groups on its proposal to create a new company, with its own stock, now appear unrealistic, given the across-the-board opposition by the U.S. EPA, the NRC, FERC, the SEC and the court's own U.S. Trustee. The FES proposal would include the continued operation of its nuclear power plants, including the Perry nuclear plant.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Deadline is blown, but Ohio nuclear plant operators say there’s still time for bailout

“Rep. Mark Romanchuk, R-Ontario, said the Davis-Besse plant east of Toledo and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant northeast of Cleveland have received $10.2 billion in state subsidies since 1999. ‘I think that’s enough,’ he said. Both plants are operated by Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions, which asked for the state bailout. FirstEnergy […]

Legislators miss utility’s deadline for nuke plants bailout
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Legislators miss utility’s deadline for nuke plants bailout

COLUMBUS — “The Senate panel convened briefly to consider two of 57 amendments proposed for the controversial bill. The committee then recessed for several hours to allow staff to review the dozens of other amendments, before quietly adjourning early Saturday evening with no further action. ‘I’m not going to move forward […]

State Senator Theresa Gavarone
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Ohio's Clean Energy Future

Some green put back in Senate version of state energy bill

“’It’s going to really prevent cities from losing money on renewable energy,’ Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, said on Wednesday night. ‘I’m pretty excited about this. This is important to Bowling Green.’ Bowling Green officials turned to Gavarone after feeling their concerns about green energy were ignored by State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, […]

Op Ed: Ohio on road to climate disaster
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Op Ed: Ohio on road to climate disaster

“I spent the summer of 2015 knocking on doors across Cincinnati. As a rising college sophomore, I’d joined a group called Ohio Citizen Action to canvass for my community and the planet. That year, the Ohio River was the most polluted body of water in the nation. Named for the […]