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

Bailout of 2 Ohio nuclear plants stalls in Statehouse

CLEVELAND — “A proposed bailout for Ohio’s two nuclear power plants that would lead to rate increases for FirstEnergy customers appears to be stalled in the Legislature. One legislative committee considering the idea suspended testimony last month amid protests against the plan while another committee held its fourth hearing this […]

Davis Besse nuclear power plant (Creative Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy’s nuclear zero emission credits may have stalled

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s effort to convince state lawmakers that it must have more than $300 million a year in new customer charges to keep its nuclear power plants running is approaching a stall point. The Ohio Senate’s Public Utilities Committee wrapped up its fourth hearing Thursday on the special nuclear […]

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

New oil and gas industry poll: Majority of respondents ‘strongly opposed’ to special fees for FirstEnergy’s nuke plants

COLUMBUS — “An oil and gas group is using the power of the people to try to stave off an Ohio utility’s push to subsidize its nuclear power plants. API Ohio – which stands for American Petroleum Institute – released a poll of Ohio voters on Wednesday that gauges their […]

Sierra Club to testify against Ohio subsidy for coal-fired plants
Coal / Energy

Sierra Club to testify against Ohio subsidy for coal-fired plants

COLUMBUS — “The Sierra Club is scheduled to testify Tuesday that House Bill 239 is a bad idea for consumers and the planet. This follows a hearing last week during which utility-company officials called the plan a prudent approach to a complicated situation and a way to preserve jobs. …Under […]

The more electricity regulators delay, the more customers pay
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

The more electricity regulators delay, the more customers pay

COLUMBUS — “Remember the old ‘money booths,’ in which game show participants got to grab as many dollars as they could before the timer went off? Well, FirstEnergy’s the lucky contestant; everyday Ohioans are supplying the cash, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is refusing to call time. […]

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FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

PJM auction results could push nuke operators to ‘double down’ on subsidies

WASHINGTON, DC — “Prices in the PJM Interconnection’s capacity auction were once again disappointing for many generators, but for operators of nuclear power plants they could be a particularly troubling sign. The results could add to efforts to create nuclear subsidies and prove to be a turning point in the […]

Ohio’s economy: A test case for Trump’s climate decision
Coal / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio’s economy: A test case for Trump’s climate decision

WASHINGTON, DC — “Ohio is a political bellwether each election cycle and a symbol of industrial decline stretching to the late 1970s. As steel mill closures mounted, Youngstown became the embodiment of deindustrialization. Still, in using Ohio as an emotional lever for voters concerned about job losses and the decline […]

Huge power company pushes for FirstEnergy’s Ohio nuke plan: ‘As a nation, we are at a crossroads’
FirstEnergy

Huge power company pushes for FirstEnergy’s Ohio nuke plan: ‘As a nation, we are at a crossroads’

CHICAGO, IL — “Exelon Corp., the company that owns a quarter of the country’s nuclear power plants, is vouching for an Ohio utility’s plea for subsidies for its two nuclear plants. …’As a nation, we are at a crossroads,’ Joseph Dominguez, executive vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs and […]

Ohio State Representative Bill Seitz (Credit: James D. Decamp)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio lawmaker floats the idea of a customer opt-out of FirstEnergy’s nuclear subsidies

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers have tabled a plan to add a fee to the electric bills of FirstEnergy customers to help pay for the utility’s unprofitable nuclear plants. WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that a key legislator is floating an alternative solution. FirstEnergy says it needs the $300 million per year […]

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Energy

Capacity auction reveals Ohio’s backslide on energy efficiency

COLUMBUS — “The impact of a decision by Ohio lawmakers to weaken state energy efficiency requirements was clearly reflected in the results of a recent capacity auction, analysts say. The amount of energy efficiency from Ohio utilities that cleared the most recent capacity auction by grid operator PJM is down […]