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The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Davis-Besse remains in limbo after bankruptcy judge strikes down FirstEnergy plan

  TOLEDO — “It’s back to the drawing board for FirstEnergy Corp. and its subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, now that a federal bankruptcy judge has struck down an important part of the utility company’s proposed restructuring plan. The plan attempted to free the parent company of liability for mounting losses for the division of […]

Ohio bill would create ‘clean air’ fund to benefit nuclear, excluding wind and solar
Energy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio bill would create ‘clean air’ fund to benefit nuclear, excluding wind and solar

“The draft legislation, obtained by the Energy News Network, would add a $2.50 per month surcharge to every residential customer’s bill, a $20 per month surcharge to every commercial customer’s bill and a $250 monthly charge to every industrial customer’s bill. The legislation would also eliminate existing surcharges that commercial and […]

Judge puts up major roadblock in FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy case
FirstEnergy / Utilities

Judge puts up major roadblock in FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy case

“State and federal regulators, however, seem to not have been heavily considered, or at least not brought to the table, and over the past few weeks have objected. They’ve argued in filings that it’s not the role of a bankruptcy court to relieve parent FirstEnergy of liability for environmental damage […]

Ohio Consumers Power Alliance launches to elevate the under-represented consumer voice
Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio Consumers Power Alliance launches to elevate the under-represented consumer voice

COLUMBUS — “Today, thousands of energy consumers and ratepayers from across Ohio joined together to launch Ohio Consumers Power Alliance, a non-partisan, statewide consumer advocacy alliance focused on keeping rates low by diversifying Ohio’s energy portfolio. “Consumers have opinions about our state’s energy but are seldom heard over the noise of […]

Ohioans’ renewable energy future just took another step backward
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Ohioans’ renewable energy future just took another step backward

COLUMBUS — “If you’re a supporter of clean and renewable energy, you know our state legislators often work against new forms of energy. And, today’s news of the Ohio Senate’s confirmation of Sam Randazzo as the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) was yet another example. With […]

Standard & Poor's has downgraded the bond rating of FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., because it believes the company will file for bankruptcy protection before 2018. S&P's in the same week raised its outlook for parent company FirstEnergy because it believes the corporation will sell off or somehow move its power plants into a regulated company (Plain Dealer file).
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

FES and FE have created a ‘scheme’ that is an ‘abuse of the bankruptcy system’: Feds say

CLEVELAND — “In furious filings at the start of this past weekend, attorneys for federal and state Environmental Protection Agencies tore apart the arrangement that FE and FES made last fall in which the parent promised nearly $1 billion in cash and commitments in exchange for FES absolving FE from […]

Ohio's Perry Nuclear Plant
Credit: Neal Wellons (Creative Commons)
Energy / FirstEnergy

Perry, Davis-Besse nuke plants dismantling could take 60 years

CLEVELAND – “FirstEnergy Solutions says it wants to delay dismantling its four nuclear power plants – including Perry and Davis-Besse – for 60 years. The company a year ago told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission it would close its four nuclear plants by the end of 2021, starting with Davis-Besse in […]

Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) should be removed as Co-chair of House Energy Generation Subcommittee
Energy / Renewable Energy

Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) should be removed as Co-chair of House Energy Generation Subcommittee

On March 21,2019 I wrote to Speaker Larry Householder on behalf of Ohio Citizen Action and its 32,000 members asking to remove Representative Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) as Co-chairman of the Ohio House Subcommittee on Energy Generation. As an organization with a strong commitment to in-state, clean, renewable energy sources such […]

Perry Nuclear Power plant, about 30 miles east of Cleveland
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Bill to save Perry Nuclear Power Plant to be unveiled soon

“A new Ohio House Bill with efforts to save the state’s two nuclear power plants could be unveiled in as early as the next few days. State Rep. Jamie Callender, R-Concord Township, said the new bill is going to have a ‘more holistic’ approach. ‘It’s not going to be a […]

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

Industry pitch for saving Davis-Besse is focused on climate change

“A national watchdog group often critical of nuclear power, the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, recently issued a report stating the nation’s historically safest and best-run [nuke] plants should be kept operating to help fight climate change. Davis-Besse, which had numerous safety and reporting violations in years past, did […]