Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Lawmakers Table FirstEnergy's Nuclear Plant Bailout Proposal

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio lawmakers have tabled Akron-based FirstEnergy's proposal to raise customer rates to bailout its two Ohio nuclear power plants. A key lawmaker is floating an alternative solution. Jeff St. Clair of member station WKSU in Kent reports.

FirstEnergy says it needs the $300 million per year the customer fee will generate to keep its two Ohio nuclear plants operating.


The utility has repeatedly said it may sell the plants or close them, even with the subsidy.

The proposed fee will raise electric bills by 5 percent.


Cincinnati Republican Bill Seitz, chair of the House Public Utilities committee, halted hearings on the plan earlier this month and says he won’t schedule a vote...


Until I have such clear indication that there is sufficient support both on the committee and within the House…” :07


Seitz is floating a change to the proposal that he says has support from some committee members…


We would give all FirstEnergy customers a once time option to opt out of paying.” :07


Seitz says the opt-out idea mirrors a measure the House passed in March that allows utilities to opt out of renewable energy requirements.


He says FirstEnergy does not want that option for the nuclear subsidy bill.

The Statehouse News Bureau was founded in 1980 to provide educational, comprehensive coverage of legislation, elections, issues and other activities surrounding the Statehouse to Ohio's public radio and television stations. To this day, the Bureau remains the only broadcast outlet dedicated to in-depth coverage of state government news and topics of statewide interest. The Bureau is funded througheTech Ohio, and is managed by ideastream. The reporters at the Bureau follow the concerns of the citizens and voters of Ohio, as well as the actions of the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Supreme Court, and other elected officials. We strive to cover statehouse news, government issues, Ohio politics, and concerns of business, culture and the arts with balance and fairness, and work to present diverse voices and points of view from the Statehouse and throughout Ohio. The three award-winning journalists at the bureau have more than 60 combined years of radio and television experience. They can be heard on National Public Radio and are regular contributors to Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace. Every weekday, the Statehouse News Bureau produces in-depth news reports forOhio's public radio stations. Those stories are also available on this website, either on the front page or in our archives. Weekly, the Statehouse News Bureau produces a television show from our studios in the Statehouse. The State of Ohio is an unique blend of news, interviews, talk and analysis, and is broadcast on Ohio's public television stations. The Statehouse News Bureau also produces special programming throughout the year, including the Governor's annual State of the State address to the Ohio General Assembly and a five-part year-end review.
Related Content