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The Kyger Creek power plant in Cheshire, Ohio, on the Ohio River began operating in 1955 to make power for a uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio. Since 2003, the plant, which is owned by a company created by other electric utilities, has been selling its power either into wholesale markets or sending it to its member companies. Now the plant is facing competition from natural gas turbine power plants, which can make electricity at a lower cost (Credit: Ohio Valley Electric Corp).
Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Don’t subsidize coal, Consumers’ Counsel, NOPEC, AARP, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association tell lawmakers

CLEVELAND — “Ohio lawmakers and opponents of controversial ‘fast-tracked’ legislation designed to shift the costs of two 62-year-old coal power plants to consumers are heading for a showdown this week. Two bills, which have been moving through both the House and Senate utilities committees, were to be voted out of […]

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

New oil and gas industry poll: Majority of respondents ‘strongly opposed’ to special fees for FirstEnergy’s nuke plants

COLUMBUS — “An oil and gas group is using the power of the people to try to stave off an Ohio utility’s push to subsidize its nuclear power plants. API Ohio – which stands for American Petroleum Institute – released a poll of Ohio voters on Wednesday that gauges their […]

The more electricity regulators delay, the more customers pay
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

The more electricity regulators delay, the more customers pay

COLUMBUS — “Remember the old ‘money booths,’ in which game show participants got to grab as many dollars as they could before the timer went off? Well, FirstEnergy’s the lucky contestant; everyday Ohioans are supplying the cash, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is refusing to call time. […]

Credit: Wikimedia Commons
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

PJM auction results could push nuke operators to ‘double down’ on subsidies

WASHINGTON, DC — “Prices in the PJM Interconnection’s capacity auction were once again disappointing for many generators, but for operators of nuclear power plants they could be a particularly troubling sign. The results could add to efforts to create nuclear subsidies and prove to be a turning point in the […]

Ohio State Representative Bill Seitz (Credit: James D. Decamp)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

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

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 […]

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 […]

Perry Nuclear Power Station as seen from Headlands State Park, Mentor, Ohio (Credit: Wainstead/Public Domain)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy CEO says bill is no bailout

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s president on Tuesday urged lawmakers to require consumers to pay more to keep the lights on at its two struggling nuclear power plants, or permanently risk losing a reliable and valuable source of electricity. Chuck Jones dismissed suggestions that House Bill 178 and its companion Senate Bill […]

Editorial: Reject this pitch for corporate welfare
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Editorial: Reject this pitch for corporate welfare

TOLEDO — “FirstEnergy thinks that the nuclear power created at its Davis-Besse and Perry plants is so valuable to Ohio energy customers that they should pay a 5-percent hike in their power bills to support them. In the state Senate, a bill introduced by Republicans John Eklund of Geauga County […]

Credit: Neal Wellons (Creative Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio nuclear bill could clash with federal law, conceals info from public

COLUMBUS — “A bill to subsidize FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants presents potential conflicts under Ohio and federal law. Senate Bill 128 would implement FirstEnergy’s zero-emission nuclear, or ZEN, program to have its Ohio utilities’ two million distribution customers pay above-market prices for as much as $57 per year […]

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy exec calls for ‘urgent aid’

OAK HARBOR — “Calling warnings of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s premature closure ‘real’ and the need for a bailout ‘urgent,’ FirstEnergy Corp.’s top nuclear official left little doubt Friday that Ottawa County’s largest employer is in trouble. Sam Belcher, FirstEnergy’s chief nuclear officer, said the utility’s other nuclear plants […]