Ohio Utility Bailouts

Nuclear bailout bake sale at FirstEnergy shareholder meeting
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Nuclear bailout bake sale at FirstEnergy shareholder meeting

AKRON — Ohio Citizen Action hosted a Nuclear Bailout Bake Sale today at the annual FirstEnergy shareholders meeting to help the struggling utility giant keep open the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants.  Power drinks were available at the bake sale for $10,000 and energy bars for $25,000. All participating […]

Battle over energy bill includes $2.4M in ads to sway public
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Battle over energy bill includes $2.4M in ads to sway public

COLUMBUS — “Drama, political pressure and money is churning around an energy bill that could cost consumers $300 million each year in surcharges on their electricity bills and could help save two aging nuclear power plants from closing. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, unveiled House Bill 6 on April 12. […]

The Perry nuclear power plant east of Cleveland is one of four reactors that FirstEnergy is preparing to sell or shut down because atomic energy, once "too cheap to meter," is often now more expensive that power generated by high-tech combined-cycle gas turbines. The FirstEnergy subsidiary which owns the power plants is today worth less than its combined long-term debt. (Credit: Plain Dealer file photo)
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Vote delayed on bill to prop up Ohio nuclear plants

“Lawmakers in the Ohio House continue to debate a bill that would bail out the state’s two financially struggling nuclear power plants. Earlier this week, some Democrats walked out of a committee hearing, saying their concerns were not being heard. Speaker Larry Householder says he talked to Democrats and the […]

State Rep. Kristin Boggs, a Columbus Democrat, asks questions of Joe Price, TimkenSteel's senior manager of government affairs and energy commodity, during a House Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Wednesday. Boggs and other Democrats on the committee, including state Rep. Casey Weinstein of Hudson (right), walked out of the committee hearing for more than an hour after the committee's Republican chair initially declined to allow Boggs to question Price.
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Ohio House Democrats walk out of energy bill hearing, claiming GOP ‘show trial’

COLUMBUS — “Democrats on an Ohio House committee hearing a controversial ‘clean-energy’ bill walked out of a hearing Wednesday for more than an hour after the committee’s Republican chair wouldn’t allow a Democratic lawmaker to ask questions of a witness supporting the measure. Democrats, whose votes are considered important to pass House Bill […]

House divided over energy bill
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House divided over energy bill

“Well, I think the bill right now, as its currently crafted, is the wrong step in the wrong direction”, said Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus). Rep. Leland, says there’s still a lot to be desired in the bill. “The way the bill is right now, it’s not workable, it’s going to […]

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

Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, May 8, 2019
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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
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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.
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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).
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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 […]