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Ohio lawmaker floats the idea of a customer opt-out of FirstEnergy’s nuclear subsidies

Ohio State Representative Bill Seitz (Credit: James D. Decamp)

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers have tabled a plan to add a fee to the electric bills of FirstEnergy customers to help pay for the utility’s unprofitable nuclear plants.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that a key legislator is floating an alternative solution.

FirstEnergy says it needs the $300 million per year generated by a customer fee it’s proposing to keep its two Ohio nuclear plants operating, Davis-Besse near Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland.

The proposed fee will raise electric bills by 5 percent. The utility has repeatedly said it may sell the plants or close them, even with the subsidy.

Cincinnati Republican Bill Seitz, chairman of the House Public Utilities Committee, halted hearings on the plan earlier this month and says he won’t schedule a vote ‘until I have such clear indication that there is sufficient support both on the committee and within the House.'”

— Jeff St. Clair, WKSU

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