Ohio Utility Bailouts

Nuclear plants owner says closure would raise electricity prices
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Nuclear plants owner says closure would raise electricity prices

COLUMBUS — “Management of the regional electric grid that serves Ohio and a dozen other states has said loss of the nuclear plants would not adversely affect availability and affordability of power in the region. But Mr. Griffing and a firm that conducted a study on its behalf argued that […]

FirstEnergy Solutions warns of higher prices if nuke plants close
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FirstEnergy Solutions warns of higher prices if nuke plants close

“’The impact of losing the state’s nuclear facilities cannot be overstated,’ Dave Griffing, vice president of government affairs for FirstEnergy Solutions, the former FirstEnergy subsidiary that was spun off last year and has been working to climb out of bankruptcy. Griffing told a House subcommittee that if the plants are […]

Davis-Besse by Marc Haserodt / Creative Commons
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

AARP foreshadows opposition to Ohio nuclear subsidies

“The strongly-worded opposition letter was not surprising, given that state AARP chapters routinely oppose utility rate increases. The Pennsylvania office of the AARP opposes a similar nuclear power plant subsidy bill in that state. FirstEnergy Solutions owns a two-reactor nuclear power plant near Pittsburgh with a total capacity of about 1,815 megawatts. […]

Nuclear plant bailout debate kicks off at Statehouse
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Nuclear plant bailout debate kicks off at Statehouse

“Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus, asked the sponsors whether they could specify how the $9.25-per-megawatt hour was developed. ‘No,’ Callender said. ‘We’re dealing with some complex issues and coming up with an exact number is not an exact science.’ Leland later remarked that he was ‘totally surprised’ that it was not […]

FirstEnergy and its allies, seeking nuclear plant bailout, have spent millions on influence campaign
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FirstEnergy and its allies, seeking nuclear plant bailout, have spent millions on influence campaign

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s efforts to try to get Ohio politicians to rescue its troubled nuclear power business haven’t come cheap. Since 2017, FirstEnergy and its allies have spent millions on campaign contributions to Ohio politicians, as well as on lobbying, public relations and advertising, state and federal records show. The […]

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford.
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Householder denies FirstEnergy contributions influenced bill

“FirstEnergy gave more than $150,000 to House Republicans in 2018 leading up to the November election. Now House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is pushing for a new energy plan that would steer about $170 million in subsidies to two nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, which used to be a […]

First hearings set for Ohio House nuclear bill
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First hearings set for Ohio House nuclear bill

“The first is scheduled for 11 a.m., April 16, in a House Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting. Sponsor testimony is expected in the hearing, according to the Ohio House of Representatives meeting calendar. The following day another hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. in an Energy Generation Subcommittee meeting. The hearings […]

Perry Nuclear Power plant, about 30 miles east of Cleveland
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House speaker unveils plan to save state’s nuclear power plants

COLUMBUS — “The bill, sponsored by Reps. Jamie Callender (R., Concord) and Shane Wilkin (R., Hillsboro), will be the subject of hearings beginning next week. Mr. Householder said he hopes to get it to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk by the end of June, before lawmakers recess for the summer. Neither the […]

Perry Nuclear Power Station as seen from Headlands State Park, Mentor, Ohio (Credit: Wainstead/Public Domain)
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Revised Ohio nuclear ‘bailout’ bill raises more questions

An updated version of the bill would still exclude most wind and solar from clean air credits, while allowing payments to unspecified “reduced emissions resources” that could include gas and coal. COLUMBUS — “Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House introduced legislation Friday that would provide subsidies for two Ohio nuclear power plants […]

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford.
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Ohio consumers could pay $300M through electric bill fees under new plan

COLUMBUS — “Ohio consumers would pay $300 million through new fees in their electric bills to create a new pot of state money — more than half of which could go to bailout two nuclear power plants along Lake Erie. At a Friday press conference, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, […]