Ohio Utility Bailouts

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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 […]

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Critics say nuclear deal reneges on promises

“The verbal sparring over the proposed Ohio Clean Energy Program apparently is coming down to whether a majority of lawmakers believe the plan is a bailout for FirstEnergy Solutions, which owns Davis-Besse and Perry, or whether the state can afford to let market forces play out and allow the plants to close […]

Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say
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Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say

“Language buried deep in the 27-page bill also makes it difficult, if not impossible, for a solar or wind developer trying to finance a new project to rely on funding from the Clean Air Fund that HB 6 would create. Wind and solar companies seeking a grant from the new […]

Invenergy's Grand Ridge project in Illinois is one of a small number of hybrid power projects to combine wind and solar energy in one site. A larger one with more solar is planned for Ohio. Credit: Invenergy
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Wind, solar skeptical of Ohio ‘clean energy’ bill

  COLUMBUS — “Supporters also argue it would postpone the permanent decommissioning of the nuclear plants that are responsible for 90 percent of Ohio’s zero-emissions power. They’ve been unable to compete economically with cheaper and abundant natural gas, and FirstEnergy Solutions is currently in bankruptcy proceedings. But to participate in […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
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Nuclear bailout bill slammed by environmental, other groups

COLUMBUS — “‘It is an Orwellian twist to call (House Bill) 6 a ‘clean air resource’ bill. The bill creates a new tax on all customers of the four Ohio utilities, even if they buy their power from other suppliers. The main beneficiary will be FirstEnergy Solutions, which is now in […]

Make clean energy work for Ohio
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Make clean energy work for Ohio

“Proponents contend the [renewable energy] standards haven’t worked. Yet the Republican majorities at the Statehouse have behaved for years as if they didn’t want them to succeed. This legislation must fix the setback requirement for wind turbines that has all but halted the development of wind energy here. A bill […]

Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee, April 23, 2019
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Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee, April 23, 2019

COLUMBUS — “How do we know this is enough of a subsidy to keep the bankrupt plants open at all? In sponsor testimony, our opposition stated flatly that they have “no idea’ if this will save the plants, but that it will ‘help.’ Ohio utility customers deserve more certainty before lawmakers […]

Ohioans could be charged more fees in their electric bill
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Ohioans could be charged more fees in their electric bill

New monthly fees would be collected from all 4.8 million electric utility customers in Ohio under energy bill. COLUMBUS — “Environmentalists and consumer advocates on Tuesday warned that a bill pending in the Ohio House would pile more costs onto consumers and stifle renewable energy and conservation programs. House Bill 6 […]

Editorial: Swing and a miss on nuclear bailout
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Editorial: Swing and a miss on nuclear bailout

TOLEDO — “The latest bill put before the Ohio General Assembly to save two aging nuclear power plants, including Davis-Besse 30 miles east of Toledo, is a swing and a miss. While Ohio has some legitimate reasons to try to preserve the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power stations, or at least postpone their […]

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Groups say Ohio clean-energy bill disguised as nuclear-plant bailout

COLUMBUS — “Customers would pay an extra $2.50 a month for the new program, but Trish Demeter, chief of staff for the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, argued that it’s a bailout for FirstEnergy Solutions’ two unprofitable nuclear plants in northern Ohio. ‘Maybe those plants do bring some environmental value, […]