FirstEnergy’s CEO sees a long future in Akron for the transforming electric utility FirstEnergy’s CEO sees a long future in Akron for the transforming electric utility
Nuclear bailout bake sale at FirstEnergy shareholder meeting Nuclear bailout bake sale at FirstEnergy shareholder meeting
Battle over energy bill includes $2.4M in ads to sway public Battle over energy bill includes $2.4M in ads to sway public
Ohio House Democrats walk out of energy bill hearing, claiming GOP ‘show trial’ State Rep. Kristin Boggs, a Columbus Democrat, asks questions of Joe Price, TimkenSteel's senior manager of government affairs and energy commodity, during a House Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Wednesday. Boggs and other Democrats on the committee, including state Rep. Casey Weinstein of Hudson (right), walked out of the committee hearing for more than an hour after the committee's Republican chair initially declined to allow Boggs to question Price.
Featured Story Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, May 8, 2019

Melissa English testimony on HB 6 to the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, May 8, 2019

COLUMBUS — “We especially question how the noble goals of lower bills reduced emissions will be met by defunding existing programs that have been very effective in promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. According to a recent analysis of PUCO filings from 2009 to 2017, even though Ohio utility customers […]

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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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FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Nuclear bailout bill shows how big money can be put to work in the Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS — “From well-placed campaign contributions, to lobbyist-engineered testimony, to millions of dollars in mysteriously funded TV and radio ads, the effort to get the state legislature to pass a bill bailing out two nuclear plants owned by a former FirstEnergy subsidiary is a textbook example of how big money can […]

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
Coal / Energy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio House Republicans overhaul ‘clean-energy’ bill to focus on nuclear, coal subsidies

COLUMBUS — “Ohio House Republicans on Wednesday dramatically transformed a controversial “clean-energy” subsidy bill, turning it into a bailout plan for both nuclear and coal power plants owned by Ohio companies. The changes to House Bill 6, made by the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, would also end Ohio’s […]

FirstEnergy’s CEO sees a long future in Akron for the transforming electric utility
Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

FirstEnergy’s CEO sees a long future in Akron for the transforming electric utility

AKRON — “FirstEnergy is on the verge of becoming a completely regulated company, once its unregulated generation arm, FirstEnergy Solutions, completes its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and emerges as an independent company with a new name, as many anticipate will happen later this year. …While FirstEnergy will not own any nuclear […]

Nuclear bailout bake sale at FirstEnergy shareholder meeting
Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Consumers Power Alliance / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Nuclear bailout bake sale at FirstEnergy shareholder meeting

AKRON — Ohio Citizen Action hosted a Nuclear Bailout Bake Sale today at the annual FirstEnergy shareholders meeting to help the struggling utility giant keep open the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants.  Power drinks were available at the bake sale for $10,000 and energy bars for $25,000. All participating […]

Battle over energy bill includes $2.4M in ads to sway public
Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Battle over energy bill includes $2.4M in ads to sway public

COLUMBUS — “Drama, political pressure and money is churning around an energy bill that could cost consumers $300 million each year in surcharges on their electricity bills and could help save two aging nuclear power plants from closing. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, unveiled House Bill 6 on April 12. […]

The Perry nuclear power plant east of Cleveland is one of four reactors that FirstEnergy is preparing to sell or shut down because atomic energy, once "too cheap to meter," is often now more expensive that power generated by high-tech combined-cycle gas turbines. The FirstEnergy subsidiary which owns the power plants is today worth less than its combined long-term debt. (Credit: Plain Dealer file photo)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Vote delayed on bill to prop up Ohio nuclear plants

“Lawmakers in the Ohio House continue to debate a bill that would bail out the state’s two financially struggling nuclear power plants. Earlier this week, some Democrats walked out of a committee hearing, saying their concerns were not being heard. Speaker Larry Householder says he talked to Democrats and the […]

State Rep. Kristin Boggs, a Columbus Democrat, asks questions of Joe Price, TimkenSteel's senior manager of government affairs and energy commodity, during a House Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Wednesday. Boggs and other Democrats on the committee, including state Rep. Casey Weinstein of Hudson (right), walked out of the committee hearing for more than an hour after the committee's Republican chair initially declined to allow Boggs to question Price.
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio House Democrats walk out of energy bill hearing, claiming GOP ‘show trial’

COLUMBUS — “Democrats on an Ohio House committee hearing a controversial ‘clean-energy’ bill walked out of a hearing Wednesday for more than an hour after the committee’s Republican chair wouldn’t allow a Democratic lawmaker to ask questions of a witness supporting the measure. Democrats, whose votes are considered important to pass House Bill […]

House divided over energy bill
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

House divided over energy bill

“Well, I think the bill right now, as its currently crafted, is the wrong step in the wrong direction”, said Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus). Rep. Leland, says there’s still a lot to be desired in the bill. “The way the bill is right now, it’s not workable, it’s going to […]

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.  photo: United States Department of Energy
Nuclear Energy

Nuclear subsidies still on the table in Pennsylvania

“After four public hearings and testimony from dozens of experts across the utility sector over the last six weeks, Committee Majority Chairman Brad Roae (R) said the legislature must carefully weigh the complexity of the proposal and lamented that no action they could take would save TMI. (See Pa. Lawmaker Contends […]

HB 6, the Ohio nuclear bailout bill, is a bad bill, but it can be made better: editorial
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

HB 6, the Ohio nuclear bailout bill, is a bad bill, but it can be made better: editorial

“Here’s what lawmakers should do to make the bill less bad: *Retain both Ohio’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards. *Revise Ohio energy policy to its pre-2014 status, when renewable-energy standards favored in-Ohio production, and wind-energy development wasn’t handicapped by deal-killing, over-the-top setback rules crowbarred into an unrelated 2014 bill by a […]