Nuclear Energy

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

Plan would charge FirstEnergy customers more to subsidize money-losing nuclear plants

COLUMBUS — “Nuclear energy is clean energy and deserving of a big subsidy from electricity customers, according to a new proposal before the General Assembly, a bill supported by FirstEnergy. If that sounds like a hard sell, it is, based on the reception the bill received when its language was […]

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy exec calls for ‘urgent aid’

OAK HARBOR — “Calling warnings of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s premature closure ‘real’ and the need for a bailout ‘urgent,’ FirstEnergy Corp.’s top nuclear official left little doubt Friday that Ottawa County’s largest employer is in trouble. Sam Belcher, FirstEnergy’s chief nuclear officer, said the utility’s other nuclear plants […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear plant on Lake Erie east of Toledo.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Living without Davis-Besse?

OAK HARBOR — “Living in the shadows of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s cooling tower, which soars above Lake Erie in Ohio like an oversized lighthouse, brings with it some give-and-take. On the plus side, it generates tax money that once paid for a high school swimming pool and auditorium. […]

Davis Besse nuclear power plant (Creative Commons)
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All eyes on Davis-Besse

CARROLL TOWNSHIP —  “At almost 500 feet above the ground, Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station’s cooling tower has loomed over Lake Erie like a concrete lighthouse for 40 years, with a water vapor plume that can be seen more than 30 miles away on a clear day. …But nuclear power plants are […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy talks bankruptcy and need for bailout of its nuclear plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. executives used two words a lot when discussing the company’s financial position and its plans to exit the nuclear power business when they spoke with analysts Wednesday, Feb. 22: ‘bankruptcy’ and ‘billions.’ The Akron-based company might be working to position itself for better treatment from state […]

The Perry nuclear power plant east of Cleveland is one of four reactors that FirstEnergy is preparing to sell or shut down because atomic energy, once "too cheap to meter," is often now more expensive that power generated by high-tech combined-cycle gas turbines. The FirstEnergy subsidiary which owns the power plants is today worth less than its combined long-term debt. (Credit: Plain Dealer file photo)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy Corp. to sell or close its nuclear plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy made it clear Wednesday that it is leaving the competitive power plant business, closing or selling all of its plants, including its nuclear plants, by the middle of next year. The sale of the nuclear plants to another company would have little immediate impact on customer bills. […]

Anti-nuclear activists mark Fermi 1 incident
Nuclear Energy

Anti-nuclear activists mark Fermi 1 incident

MONROE, MI — “Anti-nuclear activists marked the 50th anniversary of Fermi 1’s partial meltdown Wednesday with a peaceful rally at downtown Monroe’s Loranger Square Pavilion, during which they called for America to embrace more renewable energy and support efforts to safeguard the public from radiation exposure. Area residents stopped by […]