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DeWine Declines Comment On Nuclear Plant Bailout Proposal

Apr 23, 2019

Governor Mike DeWine with Smokey Bear at an Earth Day 2019 event in Columbus
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Ohio lawmakers are debating a plan to bail out the state's two nuclear power plants by raising rates on customers. 

Governor Mike DeWine isn't weighing in on that proposal, but says nuclear energy needs to be a part of Ohio's short-term energy landscape. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

FirstEnergy Solutions has filed for bankruptcy, saying it needs state lawmakers to step in and pass a bailout of its nuclear power plants. DeWine says those two facilities are needed. 

“You cannot dramatically reduce carbon or keep those numbers down without using nuclear. I’m all for wind and solar. Those are going to continue to move forward, I believe, but you cannot hit the number without using nuclear. So nuclear is an important part of this.”

 

DeWine won’t comment on the specifics of the plan being pushed by Republican House Speaker Larry Householder, which would also wipe out the current requirements for utilities to get power from alternative energy. Many environmentalists do not consider nuclear a form of “green energy.”