Energy

Nino Vitale represents Ohio House District 85.
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

State Rep. Nino Vitale offers ignorant assessment of the poor and media in bizarre email about energy bill: Mark Naymik

CLEVELAND – “A recent story about State Rep. Nino Vitale of Urbana deserves more attention because it offers insight into the warped thinking of a potentially influential lawmaker. The story by my colleague, Jeremy Pelzer, highlights an email Vitale wrote to fellow conservative Republican lawmaker, John Becker of Union Township, about House […]

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

Ohio House panel slows nuclear ‘bailout’ plan

COLUMBUS — “New subsidies to reward the generation of power that emits no or less carbon into the air would be implemented more slowly under a bill approved Thursday by a Ohio House of Representatives subcommittee. But while it might take a bit longer getting there, critics argue the bill still represents […]

Proposed Ohio ‘clean energy’ bill could disproportionately harm some small businesses
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Proposed Ohio ‘clean energy’ bill could disproportionately harm some small businesses

BEREA — “Berea Manufacturing, which employs eight people in an industrial park not far from Baldwin Wallace University, under House Bill 6 could see its monthly electric bill go up from around $800 a month to around $1,800 a month, according to an analysis from experts contacted by cleveland.com. ‘As a small business […]

Erik Drost / Flickr
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Nuclear power companies have spent millions lobbying for subsidies. Should Ohio, other states bail them out?

COLUMBUS—”Nuclear power companies and their supporters have spent millions of dollars contributing to state candidate campaigns and lobbying state officials. In New Jersey, FirstEnergy’s New Jersey subsidiary and Exelon spent $5.2 million in 2017 and 2018 on lobbying efforts for the subsidy package there, according to reports filed with the New Jersey […]

The Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant near Shippingport, Pennsylvania.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio’s nuclear power rescue bill: some questions and answers

  COLUMBUS, Ohio—”Ohio lawmakers on Thursday are expected to rework high-profile legislation that would scrap the state’s green-energy mandates in favor of subsidies to “clean-energy” power producers. It’s the latest milestone in the controversial legislation, which supporters say would save Ohioans money on their electric bills and opponents claim is a “bailout” […]

Ohio Citizen Action calls for the removal of Rep Nino Vitale as Chairman of the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio Citizen Action calls for the removal of Rep Nino Vitale as Chairman of the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee

COLUMBUS — “On behalf of Ohio Citizen Action, I write to ask you to remove Representative Nino Vitale (R-Champaign, Logan and part of Shelby) as Chairman of the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. You’ll recall that we recently sent a letter asking for Rep. Dick Stein’s resignation after […]

Changes expected before nuclear subsidy bill gets mid-May House vote
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Wind Energy

Changes expected before nuclear subsidy bill gets mid-May House vote

“Fischer said he wants to tell potential central Ohio businesses that the state is reinforcing renewable energy, but said that doing away with the state’s renewable and energy efficiency standards would be a negative. Fischer added that nuclear is generally not part of the discussion when talking to potential companies […]

Ohio House minority leader Emilia Sykes delivers the Democrat's response to the Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Uncategorized

Ohio Democrats call for ‘honest conversation’ on nuclear bill

“’It’s our job as lawmakers to cut through the politics and ugly, false narratives that seem to be surrounding this legislation,’ said Emilia Sykes, D-Akron, leader of the House Democratic caucus, in a statement issued late Monday through the Ohio House Minority Caucus Blog. ‘Our priority with statewide energy policy […]

Lawmaker argues low-income Ohioans should pay their own energy-efficiency costs
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Lawmaker argues low-income Ohioans should pay their own energy-efficiency costs

COLUMBUS — “The chair of the Ohio House committee that may soon be considering legislation to offer hundreds of millions in subsidies to “clean-energy” nuclear power plant owners is arguing in favor of the bill because it would remove subsidies that help poorer Ohioans become more energy-efficient. Energy and Natural Resources Committee […]

Erik Drost / Flickr
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

AARP strongly opposes nuclear bailout bill

COLUMBUS — “‘The idea that Ohio utility customers would be asked to not only bail out a profitable corporation but also be required to pay legacy fees for conservation programs that may not exist in the future or provide consumer benefit is absurd and unfair,’ said Sykes. ‘Ohioans expect their elected leaders to be […]