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FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Groups say Ohio clean-energy bill disguised as nuclear-plant bailout

COLUMBUS — “Customers would pay an extra $2.50 a month for the new program, but Trish Demeter, chief of staff for the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, argued that it’s a bailout for FirstEnergy Solutions’ two unprofitable nuclear plants in northern Ohio. ‘Maybe those plants do bring some environmental value, […]

Nuclear plants owner says closure would raise electricity prices
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Nuclear plants owner says closure would raise electricity prices

COLUMBUS — “Management of the regional electric grid that serves Ohio and a dozen other states has said loss of the nuclear plants would not adversely affect availability and affordability of power in the region. But Mr. Griffing and a firm that conducted a study on its behalf argued that […]

FirstEnergy Solutions warns of higher prices if nuke plants close
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FirstEnergy Solutions warns of higher prices if nuke plants close

“’The impact of losing the state’s nuclear facilities cannot be overstated,’ Dave Griffing, vice president of government affairs for FirstEnergy Solutions, the former FirstEnergy subsidiary that was spun off last year and has been working to climb out of bankruptcy. Griffing told a House subcommittee that if the plants are […]

In a time of cheap fossil fuels, nuclear power companies are seeking — and getting — big subsidies
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In a time of cheap fossil fuels, nuclear power companies are seeking — and getting — big subsidies

Illinois and New York have approved hundreds of millions of dollars in clean-energy incentives for nuclear power companies. New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland could be next TRENTON, NJ — “In each state, the push for subsidies has come after warnings that the plants would have to close. But critics of […]

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FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

AARP foreshadows opposition to Ohio nuclear subsidies

“The strongly-worded opposition letter was not surprising, given that state AARP chapters routinely oppose utility rate increases. The Pennsylvania office of the AARP opposes a similar nuclear power plant subsidy bill in that state. FirstEnergy Solutions owns a two-reactor nuclear power plant near Pittsburgh with a total capacity of about 1,815 megawatts. […]

Nuclear plant bailout debate kicks off at Statehouse
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Nuclear plant bailout debate kicks off at Statehouse

“Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus, asked the sponsors whether they could specify how the $9.25-per-megawatt hour was developed. ‘No,’ Callender said. ‘We’re dealing with some complex issues and coming up with an exact number is not an exact science.’ Leland later remarked that he was ‘totally surprised’ that it was not […]

FirstEnergy and its allies, seeking nuclear plant bailout, have spent millions on influence campaign
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FirstEnergy and its allies, seeking nuclear plant bailout, have spent millions on influence campaign

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s efforts to try to get Ohio politicians to rescue its troubled nuclear power business haven’t come cheap. Since 2017, FirstEnergy and its allies have spent millions on campaign contributions to Ohio politicians, as well as on lobbying, public relations and advertising, state and federal records show. The […]

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Utilities

Householder denies FirstEnergy contributions influenced bill

“FirstEnergy gave more than $150,000 to House Republicans in 2018 leading up to the November election. Now House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is pushing for a new energy plan that would steer about $170 million in subsidies to two nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, which used to be a […]

First hearings set for Ohio House nuclear bill
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

First hearings set for Ohio House nuclear bill

“The first is scheduled for 11 a.m., April 16, in a House Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting. Sponsor testimony is expected in the hearing, according to the Ohio House of Representatives meeting calendar. The following day another hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. in an Energy Generation Subcommittee meeting. The hearings […]

FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear plant. Photo By
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FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

New fee a ‘bailout’ for FirstEnergy nuclear plants, environmental groups say

COLUMBUS — “‘The bill announced today is nothing more than another bailout tax for failing nuclear plants paid for on the backs of hardworking Ohioans,’ Trish Demeter, vice president of energy policy at the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, said in a statement. Householder denied that this plan was a bailout […]