nuclear bailout

The battle over the energy law that starts providing subsidies to Ohio’s two nuclear power plants in 2021 may not be over.

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State regulators have denied AEP’s plan to charge ratepayers a fee for what would be the largest solar project in Ohio. The decision came down to whether electric customers needed the power plant in order to justify the additional cost to electric bills.

Ohio Supreme Court chambers.
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The window has closed for parties to file in the Ohio Supreme Court case over whether the new energy law, HB6, can be subject to a citizen referendum.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 28, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

A federal judge has denied nuclear bailout opponents more time to collect petition signatures for a referendum to overturn the law.

U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus said his court does not have jurisdiction and instead asked the state supreme court for its opinion.

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the nuclear bailout law and more.


Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about the questionable, yet successful, efforts of nuclear energy interests to keep a referendum off the ballot. Catherine Turcer, the Executive Director for Common Cause Ohio, joins the show.

Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts revealed in a U.S. District Court hearing that they fell far short of the signatures needed to qualify for a potential referendum on the nuclear bailout bill, created through HB6.

Ohio's Nuclear Bailout Law

Oct 22, 2019
Airiel view of The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
US Department of Energy

Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts yesterday announced that it would not file its petitions to repeal a state law intended, among other things, to bail out two nuclear power plants. 

Monday was the deadline to submit the minimum 266,000 valid signatures.

Meanwhile, the anti-bailout group has sued in federal court, saying the office of Attorney General Dave Yost took too long to approve petition language, which reduced by nearly half the time available to collect signatures.

The entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Opponents of the nuclear power plant bailout declined to submit signatures before the state-mandated deadline for their bid to get a referendum on the law on the 2020 ballot.

Petitioners are giving one last push into the drive that would put Ohio's nuclear bailout law before voters. The referendum effort must file enough valid signatures, 265,774, by Monday afternoon in order to qualify for next year's ballot. 

Pention workers for the nuclear power plant bailout are collecting signatures throughout Ohio.
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The group that wants to overturn Ohio’s nuclear power plant bailout law is required to submit nearly 266,000 valid signatures by next Monday to halt that law and put it before voters next year. However supporters of the bailout are waging an unrelenting fight to stop that.

UPDATE: A federal judge has ruled that opponents of the nuclear power plant bailout law can temporarily stop filing paperwork that discloses personal information about their signature gatherers. The group that wants to put the law before voters says the other side has been using that information to target their petition circulators.

Gov. Mike DeWine unveils 17-point plan to reduce gun violence.
Ohio Governor Office

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed gun laws. Depending on who you ask, DeWine's proposals either don't do enough or do too much. Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News, joins the show.

Opponents of the nuclear power plant bailout, created through HB6, have filed a lawsuit in federal court to get an extension to their referendum signature gathering due date. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts is arguing their rivals are unfairly using campaign records against them.

The Ohio Attorney General is looking into allegations that a nuclear bailout group is trying to pay off petitioners and to buy the signatures they've gathered. 

A rally in support of flavored vapor products was held at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the state's efforts to regulate the vaping industry after a string of vaping-related injuries and deaths. James Jarvis, president of the Ohio Vapor Trade Association, joins the show.