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Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts is leading the charge for a possible ballot referendum to stop the new energy law that would bail out the state's two nuclear plants through $150 million in ratepayer subsidies a year.

The Ohio House has voted in favor of the sweeping energy bill, HB6, that bails out two nuclear power plants through $150 million in ratepayer subsidies.

A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate on Monday that would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state's two nuclear power plants.

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 Ohio House has dramatically changed the comprehensive energy bill that would bailout the state’s nuclear power plants and repeal alternative energy mandates. 

Ohio lawmakers are debating a plan that would bail out the state’s two aging nuclear energy plants by charging customers more. Gov. Mike DeWine isn’t weighing in on that proposal. But on this "Earth Day," he says nuclear energy needs to be a part of Ohio’s short-term energy landscape.

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AEP Ohio has announced a commitment to eventually double wind and solar generation in Ohio. The proposal is the next step in their plan to move away from coal power.

Supporters say the plan sends a signal around the country to clean energy companies. Neil Waggoner, with the Sierra Club, which agreed to support the plan in 2015, says AEP’s project and the state’s renewable energy standards are a signal to solar and wind developers.

PUCO recently heard public testimony in Columbus on a proposed AEP Ohio rate-change proposal.
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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is hosting public hearings this week on Dayton Power & Light’s application to boost electricity rates. The company applied to increase rates almost three years ago.

DP&L’s proposal would increase a mandatory fee on all customer electricity bills. 

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The Wind Energy industry has been taking off in the Midwest. The number of wind farms in the region has doubled since 2011. In Ohio though, new development worth up to 1.6 billion dollars has stalled because of the debate over set-back rules, the guidelines that govern the distance between wind farms and property.

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Today sustainability commentator Bob Brecha tackles a thorny question: how much energy does it take to make wind turbines and solar panels.

Here’s a scary thought: What if all the effort being put into new wind turbines and solar panels is a waste of time and money because they don’t create as much energy as it takes to build and install them.  And because of that, maybe they don’t help reduce greenhouse gas emissions either. 

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