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Ohio lawmakers taking up nuclear power plant subsidies for FirstEnergy

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor.

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers will consider a bill to provide subsidies to FirstEnergy Corp. to keep its two nuclear power plants operating in Ohio.

Senate Bill 128 would establish zero-emission credits to subsidize the plants in the name of maintaining a mix of power sources in Ohio and supporting generation with cleaner emissions than coal.

Bill sponsor Sen. John Eklund, R-Munson Township, said in a statement nuclear plants are ‘critical’ to Ohio’s economic health.

…The proposal could be controversial because it would give FirstEnergy a subsidy when Republican lawmakers are trying to quash the state’s renewable energy standards. Plus, FirstEnergy’s CEO told analysts this year that the Akron-based company doesn’t plan to own the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants for the long haul.”

— Tom Knox, Columbus Business First

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