Energy / Nuclear Energy

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

Ohio’s Perry nuclear plant

“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 residential customers pay to support energy efficiency and peak reduction programs created by the utilities. Industrial customers can already opt out of these programs.

Customers who want to continue supporting the efficiency programs — on top of the new ‘clean air’ charges — would have to notify the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in writing.

The statewide aspect of the new proposal is a new twist to create a nuclear subsidy. Two previous legislative bailout efforts limited a nuclear surcharge to Ohio customers in FirstEnergy territory.”

— John Funk, Energy News Network 

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