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Power lines outside of the Davis Besse nuclear power station east of Toledo. photo: The Toledo Blade
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy still wants aid; Ohio House halts hearings

$300M a year sought to subsidize nuclear power plants COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s president on Thursday sought to keep legislation on track in the Senate to authorize up to $300 million a year in customer subsidies for its two struggling nuclear power plants even as the House has halted hearings. ‘I […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant would be more competitive under a new proposal from PJM Interconnection, the company that manages the high-voltage grid in Ohio and 12 other states. But plant owner FirstEnergy is asking for a customer surcharge to raise more money for its nuclear fleet (credit: Plain Dealer file).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones appeals to Ohio Senate committee to support nuclear power subsidy

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s effort to persuade state lawmakers that its nuclear power plants won’t survive without a state-mandated customer surcharge is now focused on the Ohio Senate. FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones, accompanied by lobbyists, told members of the Senate Public Utilities Committee on Thursday that its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear […]

FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo, along with the company's Perry nuclear power plant near Cleveland and its Beaver Valley reactors near Pittsburgh cannot compete well against new gas turbine plants and may be sold in bankruptcy proceedings if the state does not authorize additional customer charges. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has required major upgrades in recent years to defend against terrorists and to withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes (credit: Plain Dealer file).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy CEO says ZEC legislation may be too late to help

AKRON — “FirstEnergy’s top executive said today he does not expect Ohio lawmakers to vote until fall on legislation authorizing zero emission credits. ‘If it is going to happen, it will be later this year. If it is not going to happen, we’ll know sooner,’ said Chuck Jones, CEO, in […]

The Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant near Shippingport, Pennsylvania.
Nuclear Energy

Industry meltdown: Is the era of nuclear power coming to an end?

NEW HAVEN, CT — “Is the nuclear power industry in its death throes?  Even some nuclear enthusiasts believe so. With the exception of China, most nations are moving away from nuclear — existing power plants across the United States are being shut early; new reactor designs are falling foul of […]

The more you learn about the proposed FirstEnergy bailout, the less you’ll like it
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

The more you learn about the proposed FirstEnergy bailout, the less you’ll like it

COLUMBUS — “Last week’s hearing on FirstEnergy’s nuclear bailout saw numerous people testifying against the unnecessary subsidies. As a reminder, the Ohio-based utility wants everyday Ohioans to pay for its bad business decisions, and is trying to get a hefty bailout – to the tune of $5.25 billion – for […]

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Nuclear Energy

EIA: natural gas, renewables squeeze nuclear capacity

WASHINGTON, DC — “Nuclear energy is reliable and its generation produces no carbon emissions, but EIA says the long-term outlook for the industry is dim. The plants ‘make up a disproportionately large share of generation compared with their share of electricity generating capacity,’ EIA said in a research note. As […]

All six of FirstEnergy Solutions' coal and nuclear plants, four of which are in Ohio, are in danger of closing. Photo by NRC
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Solutions facing risky future

CLEVELAND — “Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions is in trouble. So are the Ohio communities where it owns power plants. And the state should be preparing now for the economic fallout that’s about to come as a result of plant closures. That’s the take of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

Cartoon by Rich Williams Illustration.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Nuclear subsidies distort markets, hurt business, say FirstEnergy opponents

CLEVELAND — “Business and consumer groups joined forces Tuesday to oppose FirstEnergy’s plan to change Ohio law to create new subsidies for the power company’s nuclear power plants. On the opposite side, supporting FirstEnergy, were unions, a contractor’s group, and the Perry local school district, which benefits from taxes from the Perry […]

FirstEnergy has asked Ohio lawmakers to create new regulations awarding "zero emission credits," or ZECs, to its nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse east of Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, in recognition that they do not contribute to air pollution. The ZECs would increase customer bills by 5 percent, could not be avoided even by customers buying power from other companies and provide the company with an additional $328 million a year for up to 16 years. At the same time, FirstEnergy has not ruled out selling the power plants (Credit: Cleveland Plain Dealer).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy nuclear subsidy would thwart Ohio shale gas, kill jobs says API Ohio

CLEVELAND — “The politically powerful American Petroleum Institute is opposing FirstEnergy’s legislation raising power prices to subsidize its nuclear power plants because it’s a threat to Ohio’s shale gas development. FirstEnergy wants to raise about $328 million a year for up to 16 years, for a total cost of $5.25 […]

Ohio/Pennsylvania: Bracing for economic fallout from failing power plants
Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio/Pennsylvania: Bracing for economic fallout from failing power plants

Now is the time to plan for transition CLEVELAND — “If FirstEnergy Solutions goes bankrupt, FirstEnergy would be looking to sell or retire FES coal and nuclear assets. Given the poor performance of the portfolio (as evidenced by the recent write-down of nearly 90 percent of its value), we think […]