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The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Industry pitch for saving Davis-Besse is focused on climate change

“A national watchdog group often critical of nuclear power, the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, recently issued a report stating the nation’s historically safest and best-run [nuke] plants should be kept operating to help fight climate change. Davis-Besse, which had numerous safety and reporting violations in years past, did […]

Bailout chances may be good for FirstEnergy Solutions’ Ohio nuclear plants
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Bailout chances may be good for FirstEnergy Solutions’ Ohio nuclear plants

AKRON — “Akron’s FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) is still on track to shutter its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants in 2020 and 2021, respectively, but some observers now predict the company will get a state bailout for the plants instead. The company is hoping the state will grant what are known as zero […]

The Byron nuclear plant in Illinois.  The nuclear power industry is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cut back on inspections at nuclear power plants and throttle back what it tells the public about plant problems. 
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Michael Kappel / Creative Commons
Nuclear Energy

Nuclear industry pushing for fewer inspections at plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The Trump NRC appointees and industry representatives say changes in oversight are warranted to reflect the industry’s overall improved safety records and its financial difficulties, as the operating costs of the country’s aging nuclear plants increase and affordable natural gas and solar and wind power gain in […]

Ohio and Pennsylvania consider nuclear plant bailouts
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Ohio and Pennsylvania consider nuclear plant bailouts

“Drillers and gas-fired power plant operators are girding to fight measures to save money-losing reactors in the Keystone and Buckeye states, saying they’ve learned from past defeats and are better positioned to win. The looming debates are a key test of how far lawmakers in shale gas country are willing […]

In America’s shale country, nukes and gas are duking it out
Ohio Utility Bailouts

In America’s shale country, nukes and gas are duking it out

“A coalition of gas-fired power plant owners, manufactures and others have organized in Pennsylvania under the name Citizens Against Nuclear Bailouts to oppose the bill introduced this week by State Rep. Tom Mehaffie, a Republican whose district abuts Three Mile Island. A spokesman for the group, Steve Kratz, said any […]

Ohio’s grand bargain on energy policy
Nuclear Energy

Ohio’s grand bargain on energy policy

“As evidenced by last session’s bill title and recent conversations in House Committee meetings, the proponents of bailing out these two plants consistently point to the benefits of clean, or carbon-free energy as support for placing the economic future of the plants on the backs of Ohio’s electricity customers. It certainly is […]

Ohio weighs a nuclear plant bailout at FirstEnergy’s urging. Will it boost renewables, too?
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Ohio weighs a nuclear plant bailout at FirstEnergy’s urging. Will it boost renewables, too?

The powerful utility FirstEnergy has been pushing nuclear subsidies for years. It spent big in the last election and won a power shift in the legislature. COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s aggressive strategy has broad implications for Ohio’s energy future. It has been a leading adversary of policies that support renewable energy […]

Ohio bill would create nonprofit to promote advanced nuclear research
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Ohio bill would create nonprofit to promote advanced nuclear research

“Ohio House Rep. Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, introduced the Advanced Nuclear Technology Helping Energize Mankind (ANTHEM) Act last week. The bill would set up a nonprofit Ohio nuclear development authority to promote advanced nuclear reactor technology, nuclear waste reduction, isotope extraction and related activities. It has 17 co-sponsors, all Republicans. ‘The intent is […]

FirstEnergy seeks bailout for 60-year-old Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Money going to nuclear could take a large cut from investment in wind and solar.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Utilities

State bailout of FirstEnergy Solutions would raise electric prices, stymie future gas plants

CLEVELAND — “William Siderewicz, whose companies built gas turbine power plants in Lordstown and Oregon, near Toledo, says he has all of the permits and a portion of the funding needed to build two more turbine plants next door to the plants he completed last year. But potential investors are […]

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.  photo: United States Department of Energy
FirstEnergy / Utilities

Rescuing PA nuclear power plants could come with conditions

HARRISBURG, PA — “Opponents to a nuclear power rescue are already lined up. They include anti-nuclear activists, the AARP, business groups including the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and the state’s considerable natural gas industry groups. A bailout, opponents say, means investing in outdated, inefficient and expensive power plants to supply a […]