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HB 6, the Ohio nuclear bailout bill, is a bad bill, but it can be made better: editorial
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

HB 6, the Ohio nuclear bailout bill, is a bad bill, but it can be made better: editorial

“Here’s what lawmakers should do to make the bill less bad: *Retain both Ohio’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards. *Revise Ohio energy policy to its pre-2014 status, when renewable-energy standards favored in-Ohio production, and wind-energy development wasn’t handicapped by deal-killing, over-the-top setback rules crowbarred into an unrelated 2014 bill by a […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
FirstEnergy / Utilities

Ohio lawmakers seek to relax profit limits on FirstEnergy, other utilities

COLUMBUS — “If passed, the Akron-based utility would stand to make more money from ratepayers, rather than having to issue refunds to more than a million customers in northeast and north-central Ohio. The amendment, one of dozens added by lawmakers last week, would change the state’s calculation of what constitutes ‘significantly […]

Consumers’ office says FirstEnergy amendment will lead to ‘price gouging’
FirstEnergy / Utilities

Consumers’ office says FirstEnergy amendment will lead to ‘price gouging’

  “The office charged with defending Ohio consumers in utility matters says a House-added budget provision would subject 1.1 million FirstEnergy customers to ‘price gouging.’ Among the many amendments added to the two-year budget bill is one changing the calculation of ‘significantly excessive earnings’ for Akron-based FirstEnergy. This would change […]

Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, May 8, 2019
Energy / Featured Story / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, May 8, 2019

COLUMBUS — “We especially question how the noble goals of lower bills reduced emissions will be met by defunding existing programs that have been very effective in promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. According to a recent analysis of PUCO filings from 2009 to 2017, even though Ohio utility customers […]

Big money pushes for energy bill; consumer groups oppose it
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Big money pushes for energy bill; consumer groups oppose it

COLUMBUS — “The push to bailout Ohio’s aging nuclear energy plants is taking to the airwaves with TV and radio spots running across the state and in neighboring Kentucky and West Virginia. Generation Now, a secretive political money group, is bankrolling the ad campaign, Federal Elections Commission records show. And the […]

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 […]

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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” […]