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Ohio Republicans balked at a nuclear bailout, so the industry elected new Republicans — And walked away with $1.1 billion Temelin, a 2 reactor nuclear plant in the southern part of the Czech Republic. (Creative Commons)
Think tank: Nuclear plants’ bankrupt owner spent heavily for bailout The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor.
State mandates driving demand for renewables Invenergy's Grand Ridge project in Illinois is one of a small number of hybrid power projects to combine wind and solar energy in one site. A larger one with more solar is planned for Ohio. Credit: Invenergy
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How did your Legislator vote on HB 6?

Ohio House Bill 6 passed the Ohio House of Representatives on May 29 and the Ohio Senate on July 17. The Ohio House concurrence vote occurred on July 23.  It passed by one vote, and House Bill 6 was signed by Governor Mike DeWine a few hours later. This bill […]

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Victory Consumers score a victory on Dayton Power & Light fixed rate charge

Consumers score a victory on Dayton Power & Light fixed rate charge

COLUMBUS — Dayton Power & Light customers will not have to pay a $13 monthly fixed rate or customer charge on their bills, thanks to a settlement reached among the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and consumer and environmental advocates on June 22. The charge will increase to $7 per month, but […]

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FirstEnergy Solutions moves to ditch union contracts for bailed out plants, drawing Democrats’ ire
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FirstEnergy Solutions moves to ditch union contracts for bailed out plants, drawing Democrats’ ire

“On the same day in July that Ohio lawmakers approved state-wide customer charges to give FirstEnergy Solutions a six-year $1.1 billon nuclear plant subsidy, the company told a bankruptcy court it could not honor existing contracts with unions representing power plant employees and intended to negotiate completely new bargaining agreements […]

Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert County. photo: Iberdrola Renewables
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Could wind turbine farms power the valley’s future economy?

VAN WERT — “The Blue Creek Wind Farm operated by Avangrid Renewables is not far from the small rural, suburban city of Van Wert. The farm’s 152 wind turbines catch your attention while traveling on Route 30 to the Ohio-Indiana border. The largest wind farm in Ohio generates enough electricity to power the entire […]

Perry Nuclear Power plant, about 30 miles east of Cleveland
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio nuclear bailout foes take initial steps toward statewide referendum

COLUMBUS — “The group Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts announced in a release that it turned in 2,866 petition signatures to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office from registered Ohio voters in favor of the referendum. The group also submitted proposed summary language – a succinct explanation of the proposal provided […]

Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century
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Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century

A corrupt bailout for dinosaur power plants that screws renewable energy in the process. COLUMBUS — “Amid a flurry of ambitious state action on climate change policy, the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature has just passed an energy bill that represents an enormous step backward. It is the most counterproductive and corrupt piece of state energy legislation […]

Temelin, a 2 reactor nuclear plant in the southern part of the Czech Republic. (Creative Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio Republicans balked at a nuclear bailout, so the industry elected new Republicans — And walked away with $1.1 billion

“Several dark-money groups spent millions to replace key Republican state legislators in the spring of 2018, followed by a furious lobbying campaign to make sure those new lawmakers elected a new House speaker — one who was amenable to the subsidy. The nuclear industry in Ohio has been on the […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Think tank: Nuclear plants’ bankrupt owner spent heavily for bailout

COLUMBUS — Dave Anderson, the San Francisco-based Energy and Policy Institute’s policy and communications manager, said bankruptcy filings show lobbying firms were getting paid by FirstEnergy Solutions with the permission of the court. Then FirstEnergy Solutions and the lobbying firms were launching pro-bailout coalitions like the Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance. […]

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FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Clean Energy Future president vows H.B. 6 referendum

COLUMBUS — “A referendum committee has been formed to overturn legislation signed into law Tuesday that subsidizes two nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions. The announcement by Bill Siderewicz, president of Boston-based Clean Energy Future, followed House Bill 6 being signed into law Tuesday afternoon by Gov. Mike DeWine. The […]

Ohio’s nuke and coal bailout: Throwback Mountain
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Ohio’s nuke and coal bailout: Throwback Mountain

“The new law has had an impact already: Moody’s Investors Service just upgraded the relatively low credit ratings of four of FirstEnergy’s utility subsidiaries. Its effects won’t end there, though. In drawing money away from renewable energy and efficiency mandates and directing it toward mandates for nuclear and coal plants, […]

Ohio Gov. DeWine signs bill to bail out nuclear plants, slash renewable energy
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Ohio Gov. DeWine signs bill to bail out nuclear plants, slash renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers pitched the legislation as a cost-saver for ratepayers, saying they offset the new fee with cuts to incentives for renewable energy, such as wind and solar, and the elimination of fees used to push companies becoming more energy efficient in making and delivering energy by 2020. Lawmakers in […]

The Perry Nuclear Power Station in Lake County, Ohio. Photo by
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Nuclear subsidy opponents already working to hold referendum on Ohio House Bill 6

COLUMBUS — “To put the measure on the ballot, Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts needs to collect an initial 1,000 petition signatures from registered Ohio voters within 90 days of the bill’s signing, as well as get the go-ahead from the secretary of state, attorney general, and the Ohio Ballot Board. […]