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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

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Yost Rejects Language For Energy Law Referendum

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Opponents of Ohio’s new energy law are rewriting language that they were going to take to voters to reject a nuclear power bailout. This comes after Attorney General Dave Yost denied their first attempt at summarizing the initiative. Yost identified what he described as 21 inaccuracies in the summary language that holds a referendum on Ohio’s new energy law,… Read More

Unions Accuse FirstEnergy Solutions Of Backing Out Of Agreements

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Several unions representing workers at the state’s two nuclear plants are objecting to a new bankruptcy plan by FirstEnergy Solutions, saying the energy generator’s latest filing would not honor union contracts. Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) says many legislators recently voted to bail out FirstEnergy Solutions’ nuclear plants because they thought they were protecting union jobs. That… Read More

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WV Lawmakers OK Tax Break for Struggling Coal-Fired Power Plant

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill to give a tax break to a struggling coal-fired power plant. The Senate and the House of Delegates passed the measure Tuesday without much debate, sending it to the governor’s office. The proposal would exempt FirstEnergy Solutions, which has been operating in bankruptcy,… Read More

Lawmakers Missed Deadline To Subsidize Nuclear: Now What?

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FirstEnergy Solutions says it will continue its plans to deactivate and decommission Ohio’s two nuclear power plants since lawmakers were not able to pass a bail out measure before the June 30 deadline. However, the energy company says there’s still time to reverse course. FirstEnergy Solutions filed for bankruptcy last year and laid out a… Read More