Bailout of Ohio’s nuclear power plants may come too late for FirstEnergy Solutions Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
Strangled Ohio wind industry: ‘We don’t want to give up’ This Ohio Power Siting Board map shows all existing and proposed wind projects in the state. Turbine setback laws passed in 2014 have stifled development in recent years, and the climate for wind energy could worsen if the Legislature adopts a bill to eliminate the renewable energy standard. Source: Ohio Power Siting Board
Reineke takes campaign checks from FirstEnergy Corp. before cosponsoring their bailout bill Reineke takes campaign checks from FirstEnergy Corp. before cosponsoring their bailout bill
Who paid all that money to buy all those nuclear bailout ads raining on Ohio? Generation Now spending on HB6.
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How did your Representative vote on HB 6?

Ohio House Bill 6 passed the Ohio House of Representatives on May 29, and it’s now heading to the Ohio Senate. This bill would create add an extra charge on all Ohioans electric bills, creating a bailout tax to fund failing nuclear and coal plants, one of which is in […]

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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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Senate nuclear subsidies plan ends energy efficiency requirements
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Senate nuclear subsidies plan ends energy efficiency requirements

“A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate on Monday that would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants. That fee, along with charges to commercial and industrial users, would generate […]

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

Bailout of Ohio’s nuclear power plants may come too late for FirstEnergy Solutions

COLUMBUS — “Meanwhile, recent testimony in Columbus by outside economists might have led to a more cautious Senate. One is Paul Sotkiewicz, a former chief economist for PJM Interconnection, which runs the electricity grid in the region. Sotkiewicz, who now is a consultant based in Florida, also is a former economist at […]

This Ohio Power Siting Board map shows all existing and proposed wind projects in the state. Turbine setback laws passed in 2014 have stifled development in recent years, and the climate for wind energy could worsen if the Legislature adopts a bill to eliminate the renewable energy standard. Source: Ohio Power Siting Board
Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Strangled Ohio wind industry: ‘We don’t want to give up’

COLUMBUS — “For the past five years, wind developers in Ohio have faced what they describe as among the most restrictive turbine-siting rules anywhere in the United States. More challenges may be mounting. Ohio lawmakers are now considering a controversial energy bill, H.B. 6, that would eliminate or weaken the […]

Reineke takes campaign checks from FirstEnergy Corp. before cosponsoring their bailout bill
Dayton Power & Light / Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Utilities

Reineke takes campaign checks from FirstEnergy Corp. before cosponsoring their bailout bill

TIFFIN, OH — “Members of the Ohio House, including State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), who voted in favor of a bill to bail out uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants received over $320,000 in campaign money from four utilities that will benefit financially from the bill’s passage. American Electric Power (AEP), […]

The Brazos Wind Farm, also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near Fluvanna, Texas. (Wikimedia Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Ohio's Clean Energy Future

An Ohio Energy Revolution

“In the legislative cram-down that has attended H.B. 6, the bill’s utility and labor-union proponents have mouthed a number of weak arguments, hoping to give the bailout some plausible reasoning. None of them have stuck. First, H.B. 6’s sponsors said that if nuclear power plants went out of business, power […]

Generation Now spending on HB6.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Who paid all that money to buy all those nuclear bailout ads raining on Ohio?

CINCINNATI — “The big money behind the bill hasn’t been reserved for ads this year. Groups allied with Householder put $800,000 into ads for Ohio’s 2018 campaigns, boosting candidates who put Householder into the speaker’s seat. A couple of the winning candidates also are key sponsors of House Bill 6. But donors behind the campaign […]

FirstEnergy Solutions faces heavy opposition from federal authorities over the restructuring plan it has proposed in federal bankruptcy court. The company's hopes for a May 6 vote by major creditor groups on its proposal to create a new company, with its own stock, now appear unrealistic, given the across-the-board opposition by the U.S. EPA, the NRC, FERC, the SEC and the court's own U.S. Trustee. The FES proposal would include the continued operation of its nuclear power plants, including the Perry nuclear plant.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Deadline is blown, but Ohio nuclear plant operators say there’s still time for bailout

“Rep. Mark Romanchuk, R-Ontario, said the Davis-Besse plant east of Toledo and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant northeast of Cleveland have received $10.2 billion in state subsidies since 1999. ‘I think that’s enough,’ he said. Both plants are operated by Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions, which asked for the state bailout. FirstEnergy […]

Legislators miss utility’s deadline for nuke plants bailout
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Legislators miss utility’s deadline for nuke plants bailout

COLUMBUS — “The Senate panel convened briefly to consider two of 57 amendments proposed for the controversial bill. The committee then recessed for several hours to allow staff to review the dozens of other amendments, before quietly adjourning early Saturday evening with no further action. ‘I’m not going to move forward […]

A screenshot from a video of Samuel Randazzo speaking at a meeting organized by the Seneca Anti-Wind Union.
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio wind setback lawsuit spurred bill to block similar legal challenges

Emails show the legislation originated from correspondence between two of Ohio’s most prominent wind energy critics. COLUMBUS — “The bill’s primary sponsor, freshman Rep. Brett Hillyer, R-New Philadelphia, denied a connection between his legislation and the wind setback lawsuit, but emails indicate the bill stemmed from correspondence between two of Ohio’s […]

State Senator Theresa Gavarone
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Ohio's Clean Energy Future

Some green put back in Senate version of state energy bill

“’It’s going to really prevent cities from losing money on renewable energy,’ Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, said on Wednesday night. ‘I’m pretty excited about this. This is important to Bowling Green.’ Bowling Green officials turned to Gavarone after feeling their concerns about green energy were ignored by State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, […]