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Ohio House Speaker Delays Energy Bill Vote

Jul 18, 2019

Speaker Larry Householder on the dais of the House Chamber during session
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The energy bill that would save Ohio's two nuclear plants from closure while making cuts to renewable and efficiency policies has stalled in the Ohio House. 

The Speaker says he delayed the vote because some of the representatives who would’ve voted “yes”  weren’t present. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Householder: “We had four ‘yes’ votes when the bill left the House that were not here today.”

House Speaker Larry Householder says he was one vote shy of sending the energy bill to the governor’s office. FirstEnergy Solutions says they need to know soon if they’re getting $150 million in subsidies to keep the plants open. Householder was asked if he was worried about delaying the vote.

 

Householder: “Well there’s not a whole lot we can do about it. We put our best foot forward as you know and passed it and sent it over to the Senate and they put their best foot forward and the only thing we’re lacking at this point is about four people in their chairs.”

 

The bill would create subsidies for nuclear, solar, and coal but end up reducing costs for ratepayers by cutting green energy requirements.