Nuclear Energy

The Davis Besse nuclear plant is among those covered by a proposed FirstEnergy settlement. 
Photo by Marc Haserodt / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio needs a clean energy future, not a no-strings-attached bailout

AKRON — “It’s understandable that FirstEnergy’s hometown newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal, supports its own utility monopoly. Yet justifying that support and advocating for FirstEnergy’s proposed nuclear bailout on environmental grounds is a surprise…and misdirected. FirstEnergy’s proposal merely is yet another attempt to force customers to prop up its uneconomic power plants. […]

Gas, wind, solar join to oppose Department of Energy’s proposal to save coal, nuclear plants
Coal / Energy / Nuclear Energy

Gas, wind, solar join to oppose Department of Energy’s proposal to save coal, nuclear plants

CLEVELAND — ” A Trump administration plan forcing wholesale electric markets to buy from FirstEnergy and other traditional power companies at above-market prices would violate federal law, destroy competition and lead to much-higher customer prices, contends a group of 20 trade groups representing natural gas, wind and solar power industries. …The trade […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant would survive under a U.S. Department of Energy plan to allow plant owner FirstEnergy to sell power into competitive wholesale markets at what it cost to make. The markets now focus on the lowest priced power, a practice that has lowered customer power prices but hurt the owner of large coal and nuclear plants, which cannot compete in today's markets. (Plain Dealer file )
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Subsidizing coal and nuclear power plants would not be legal, says PJM

CLEVELAND — “The independent company that manages competitive wholesale power markets in Ohio and 12 other states believes a federal proposal to subsidize the owners of old nuclear and coal plants is unworkable and would not even be legal. The U.S. Department of Energy proposal ‘is simply unworkable,’ said Andrew Ott, […]

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, formerly operated by Entergy Corp., shut down in 2014 (Credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Wikipedia).
Nuclear Energy

Nuclear: When a town loses its economic center

VERNON, VT — “Ask Tim Arsenault how life is changing in this tiny riverfront town, and he’ll tell you about the little things. The cops used to keep a 24-hour watch in Vernon. To save money, the town dialed it back to 20. The library’s budget just got cut by […]

Saving coal, nuclear plants pits FirstEnergy against PUCO before federal regulators
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Saving coal, nuclear plants pits FirstEnergy against PUCO before federal regulators

CLEVELAND — The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will oppose a federal initiative aimed at coming up with a quick fix to the competitive problems of old coal and nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy and other traditional utilities. PUCO on Friday voted to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject […]

FirstEnergy nuclear charges still before lawmakers, opponents fight earlier increases at Supreme Court
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy nuclear charges still before lawmakers, opponents fight earlier increases at Supreme Court

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s legislative supporters have introduced a new bill in the Ohio House that would create special customer charges to subsidize the company’s nuclear power plants because they cannot compete with new ultra-efficient gas turbine power plants. House Bill 381 would cost customers less than an earlier proposal — […]

With the possibility of Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station closing next year, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.'s president and chief nuclear officer Sam Belcher talks about the options to close a nuclear power plant: decommissioning or safe store (Credit: Molly Corfman/The News-Messenger).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Efforts ramp up to save or sell Davis-Besse

OAK HARBOR — “There’s still a chance that FirstEnergy could find a willing buyer or legislative remedy for its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, which could close next year. Before the company finishes its review in 2018 and makes a decision on the Davis-Besse site, FirstEnergy is also waiting to hear soon […]

FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear power plant (credit: News-Herald file photo).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio’s nuclear future uncertain, subsidies in New York, Illinois get court victories

COLUMBUS — “Bills going through the Ohio legislature that would subsidize the state’s two nuclear power plants have stalled, but similar energy credits approved in Illinois and New York have won their first round of legal battles. FirstEnergy has been lobbying for a Zero Emission Nuclear Resource Program or ‘ZEN’ […]

Operating a nuclear power plant is expensive, whether it involves re-fueling, major renovation work like FirstEnergy faced at Davis-Besse 15 years ago shown here, or federally ordered upgrades following the disaster at Fukushima. And now the nuclear industry faces tough competition from independent builders of gas turbine plants. FirstEnergy has been seeking new customer fees to keep its nuclear plants profitable. But even with the extra charges, the company would probably sell the plants because it no longer wants to risk competitive markets. (Plain Dealer file )
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy nuclear charges crucial to operating or selling Davis Besse, Perry, says CEO

AKRON — “FirstEnergy’s top executive says the company will continue to press Ohio lawmakers for new customer-paid subsidies for its nuclear power plants even though it may not own them in the future. ‘I am going to continue to fight for this … legislation because it is the right thing […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Regardless of whether FirstEnergy nuke plants receive subsidies, electricity supply will remain reliable

CLEVELAND — “There will be no reliability issues with electricity in Northeast Ohio if the Ohio Legislature refuses to subsidize FirstEnergy Corp.’s nuclear plants in Toledo and Perry — or even if the plants close down. Those aren’t likely words that the Akron-based utility wants to hear as Ohio lawmakers […]