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Thu May 30, 2019, 08:44 AM

Bill That Subsidizes Nuclear, Scraps Renewable Standards Passes Ohio House

The Ohio House passed a sweeping energy bill, HB6, that would bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants and wipe out green energy standards, with the help of Democratic support.

The bill passed by a vote of 53-43. Ten Democrats voted for the bill while 17 Republicans voted against the measure.

The bill would add a $1 fee to residential ratepayers' monthly electric bill, generating about $190 million for the Ohio Clean Air Program. That pot of money will then be used for "clean air" credits, most of which will go to the state's two nuclear plants, Davis-Besse and Perry, owned by FirstEnergy Solutions.

A late change to the bill allowed certain solar energy projects to also recieve those credits. The solar project must already be approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board and generate more than 50 megawatts of power. Five projects match that description.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/bill-subsidizes-nuclear-scraps-renewable-standards-passes-ohio-house

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