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Make clean energy work for Ohio
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Make clean energy work for Ohio

“Proponents contend the [renewable energy] standards haven’t worked. Yet the Republican majorities at the Statehouse have behaved for years as if they didn’t want them to succeed. This legislation must fix the setback requirement for wind turbines that has all but halted the development of wind energy here. A bill […]

Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee, April 23, 2019
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Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee, April 23, 2019

COLUMBUS — “How do we know this is enough of a subsidy to keep the bankrupt plants open at all? In sponsor testimony, our opposition stated flatly that they have “no idea’ if this will save the plants, but that it will ‘help.’ Ohio utility customers deserve more certainty before lawmakers […]

Ohioans could be charged more fees in their electric bill
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Ohioans could be charged more fees in their electric bill

New monthly fees would be collected from all 4.8 million electric utility customers in Ohio under energy bill. COLUMBUS — “Environmentalists and consumer advocates on Tuesday warned that a bill pending in the Ohio House would pile more costs onto consumers and stifle renewable energy and conservation programs. House Bill 6 […]

Editorial: Swing and a miss on nuclear bailout
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Editorial: Swing and a miss on nuclear bailout

TOLEDO — “The latest bill put before the Ohio General Assembly to save two aging nuclear power plants, including Davis-Besse 30 miles east of Toledo, is a swing and a miss. While Ohio has some legitimate reasons to try to preserve the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power stations, or at least postpone their […]

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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
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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 […]

Davis-Besse by Marc Haserodt / Creative Commons
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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 […]