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Professor Sees Flaw In Argument That Energy Bill Is A “Tax Increase”

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A debate is brewing over whether a group can put the state’s new nuclear bailout bill before voters next year as referendum. The dispute questions if the increased rate on electric bills should be considered a tax increase. A Columbus law firm argues that the new energy law charging electric customers up to $2.35 a month for nuclear,… Read More

State Plane Was Poised to Retrieve Lawmakers For Energy Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House leaders almost sent a state-owned airplane to Chicago to retrieve lawmakers from a conference to vote on a key energy bill that had fallen short of needed votes days earlier. The scramble preceded Tuesday’s passage of the roughly $1 billion financial rescue of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. The Dayton Daily… Read More

Group Seeking Possible Energy Law Referendum For 2020 Ballot

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Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts is leading the charge for a possible ballot referendum to stop the new energy law that would bail out the state’s two nuclear plants through $150 million in ratepayer subsidies a year. The new law would also create new subsidies for coal and solar. The group registered with the Secretary of… Read More

Lawmakers Pass Blockbuster Bill Overhauling Energy Policy In Favor Of Nuclear, Coal

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The Ohio House has voted in favor of the sweeping energy bill, HB6, that bails out two nuclear power plants through $150 million in ratepayer subsidies. The comprehensive bill also sets new coal subsidies, allots credits for solar, weakens renewable energy requirements, and eliminates energy efficiency programs. Supporters have said the subsidies are needed to save… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp, FirstEnergy Solutions: What’s The Difference?

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The Ohio House is considering a piece of legislation, HB6, that will create a new fee on electric bills and scrap the state’s green energy standards. FirstEnergy Solutions’ two nuclear plants would stand to greatly benefit from the bill through large subsidies. There’s a long history between FirstEnergy Solutions and its former parent company FirstEnergy Corp,… Read More