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The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
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FirstEnergy is responding to a civil case filed over Ohio's nuclear bailout by Attorney General Dave Yost, saying the utility company plans to "vigorously" defend itself.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is attempting to block the state's two nuclear power plants from receiving some $1.1 billion in ratepayer money from HB6, the nuclear bailout law passed last year. Yost filed a civil case in court Wednesday based off the findings of a recent federal corruption investigation.

In this May 20, 2005, file photo, plumes of steam drift from a cooling tower of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant along Lake Erie in North Perry, Ohio.
Mark Duncan / Associated Press

Regulators are requiring FirstEnergy to show that its Ohio utility ratepayers didn’t foot the bill, “directly or indirectly,” for political or charitable spending in support of the state’s nuclear and coal bailout bill. Yet that order is much more lenient than the state’s official consumer advocate had sought.

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The Ohio House committee holding meetings on a potential repeal of HB6, a sweeping energy law, heard testimony from the leader of Ohio's utility regulatory commission. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chair was accused of having his own conflict of interest when it comes to the bailout.

This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Amy Sanceta / Associated Press

A bill to repeal Ohio’s nuclear bailout law has languished for more than a month so far, and signs suggest that House leadership may be angling to defer or stop such efforts as Election Day draws near. Lawmakers filed repeal bills soon after the arrest of former speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and others in July. 

FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / AP

Republican leaders in the Ohio House have announced the creation of a new committee to hold hearings on the potential repeal of HB6, a nuclear power plant bailout bill at the center of an alleged $60 million corruption scheme.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says he's considering taking legal action to stall the billion-dollar nuclear power plant bailout, as state legislators consider a possible repeal to the law that created the subsidies.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder faces a federal charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering. He was arrested Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

A federal judge has allowed former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder more time to find a lawyer to defend him against federal conspiracy charges related to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Republican Attorney General Dave Yost asked a federal court Monday to temporarily halt payouts in a bankruptcy case involving two nuclear plants caught up in a $60 million bribery and corruption probe.

Ohio Valley Lawmakers Raked In Thousands From FirstEnergy PAC

Aug 13, 2020
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Lawmakers from Ohio across the Ohio Valley received nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions between 2019-2020 from a political action committee associated with FirstEnergy Corp., the electric utility implicated in a $61 million bribery and racketeering scheme related to Ohio’s controversial energy bill that bailed out several struggling nuclear and coal plants. 

Ohio's Energy Policy After The HB6 Scandal

Aug 11, 2020
This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Amy Sanceta / Associated Press

When the House Bill 6 scandal first began to unravel, following the federal arrests of former House Speaker Larry Householder and four others, Gov. Mike DeWine rejected repealing the bill, saying that he advocated for a balanced energy policy and that nuclear plants are a part of that.

House Speaker Larry Householder
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio lawmakers are introducing bills that require more transparency when it comes to dark money groups in political campaigns. The bills are in reaction to an alleged racketeering scheme involving a dark money organization and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford).

FirstEnergy held an earnings call Friday, just days after federal agents subpoenaed the company as part of a racketeering investigation. The allegations say millions of dollars went into a dark money organization that ended up benefitting House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford).

This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Amy Sanceta / Associated Press

FirstEnergy Solutions is facing heightened scrutiny as Ohio politicians grapple with allegations of racketeering in connection to a nuclear bailout law passed last year.

A small wind turbine rises in front of the downtown skyline at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006.
Mark Duncan / Associated Press

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are pushing to repeal Ohio's nuclear bailout bill after this week’s release of a federal criminal complaint against House Speaker Larry Householder and others. Clean energy advocates say that would be a start, but more is needed to address eight years of lawmakers’ actions to slow the growth of renewable energy in the state.

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