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The entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Ohioans are being bombarded with an ad campaign focused on an energy bill—House Bill 6—that’s being debated in the state legislature.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
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Lawmakers in the Ohio House continue to debate a bill that would bail out the state’s two financially struggling nuclear power plants. Earlier this week, some Democrats walked out of a committee hearing, saying their concerns were not being heard.

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The Ohio Senate is now looking over the $69 billion two year state budget bill. Among the many proposals in it, is a change to electric companies and how their profits from ratepayers are regulated.

David Niven, a professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati holds a map demonstrating a gerrymandered Ohio district, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Cincinnati.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss gerrymandering and the court order to reconfigure Ohio's congressional districts.  Mark Joseph Stern, who covers the courts and law for Slate, joins the show.

FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Ohio lawmakers are debating a plan that would bail out the state’s two aging nuclear energy plants by charging customers more.

FirstEnergy Solutions, the owner of Ohio’s two nuclear plants, told an Ohio House energy subcommittee that the proposed energy bill, HB6, would bring parity to energy policy. 

The state's two nuclear power plants are on track to be shut down in the next two years as the owner, FirstEnergy Solutions, files for bankruptcy. But there are still some options on the table, including a possible bill from Ohio lawmakers to save the plants through increased charges on electric bills. Opponents see that route as an unnecessary bailout, but workers say it will save their jobs and their town. 

FirstEnergy Solutions, which runs coal and nuclear plants in Ohio, is working on a new bankruptcy proposal after a federal judge denied their initial filing.

FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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State lawmakers are working on a bill that could effectively bailout the state’s two nuclear power plants. A piece of draft legislation would create subsidies, rewarding nuclear for not emitting carbon.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
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A group backed by the owner of Ohio's two nuclear plants is taking another run at persuading state lawmakers to come up with a lifeline for the plants, which are slated to close by 2021.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
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First Energy Solutions said Wednesday that it is closing its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a move decried by the coal industry and called inevitable by environmentalists.

The number of people graduating with nuclear engineering degrees has more than tripled since a low point in 2001, and many are passionate about their motivation.

"I'm here because I think I can save the world with nuclear power," Leslie Dewan told the crowd at a 2014 event as she pitched her company's design for a new kind of reactor.

FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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The owner of Ohio’s nuclear plants has taken the next step in their plans to shut down those facilities as part of its bankruptcy filing. FirstEnergy says there’s still time to reverse course.

FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Losing millions of dollars a year at its power plants, Ohio-based FirstEnergy has asked the Trump administration for help. Though it may have the president’s ear, it’s unclear how much President Trump can do to help the company’s struggling coal and nuclear plants.

FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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First Energy Solutions says it’s going to shut down its nuclear power plants, and that means decommissioning them. Decommissioning is a lengthy, complex process with public-safety ramifications that by law must be done under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  

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