HB6 - Energy Bill

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A new report from the Ohio Environmental Council and Policy Matters Ohio says climate change has significant negative impacts on children's health, which they say highlights the urgency to reduce carbon emissions. 

Dan Konik

A national group that advocates for citizens' access to the ballot is urging Ohio officials to not stand in the way of a potential referendum issue, it would ask voters to reject the new energy law that bails out nuclear power and subsidizes coal and solar. 

Karen Kasler

A debate is brewing over whether a group can put the state’s new nuclear bailout bill before voters next year as referendum. The dispute questions if the increased rate on electric bills should be considered a tax increase. 

Dan Konik

Opponents of Ohio's new energy law are rewriting language that they were going to take to voters to reject a nuclear power bailout. This comes after Attorney General Dave Yost denied their first attempt at summarizing the initiative. 

FirstEnergy Solutions nuclear plant workers visit the Statehouse with the message "Save Our Jobs" written on their hardhats.
Andy Chow

Several unions representing workers at the state's two nuclear plants are objecting to a new bankruptcy plan by FirstEnergy Solutions, saying the energy generator's latest filing would not honor union contracts.

Ohio House meets on July 23 to concur with Senate changes to HB6, the energy bill, to send the legislation to Gov. Mike DeWine.
Andy Chow

The Ohio Attorney General is looking over referendum language filed by a group fighting the state’s new energy law. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts says it's against the law that makes electric customers fund a bailout for nuclear plants and scraps successful green energy policies, but there's still no word on who’s backing this effort.

Dan Konik

Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts has filed its first round of signatures with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to hold a referendum on the law that bails out nuclear plants and scraps green energy policies.

Andy Chow

Ohio legislators have passed new energy laws that affects everyone’s electric bills and change the state’s course on green energy policies. But it can be easy to get bogged down by all the information contained in the bill, here's a breakdown.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talks to reporters after a House session in June.
Karen Kasler

The Ohio House Speaker said opponents of the new law that will give $150 million a year in subsidies to Ohio’s two nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions will need big money to overturn it. 

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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.

Ohio House
Andy Chow

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.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Andy Chow

The Ohio House will try again tomorrow to hold a vote on the sweeping energy bill which could bail out nuclear power plants and would end energy efficiency requirements for utilities. 

Gov. Mike DeWine discusses HB6, energy bill, after House delays concurrence vote.
Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine says the proposed law that creates subsidies for nuclear, coal, and solar energy hits his main energy priorities.

The House emptied out during recess after the vote on the state budget. Speaker Larry Householder had hoped to reconvene to vote on House Bill 6.
Karen Kasler

The sweeping energy bill that could save nuclear plants from shutting down while making big cuts to renewable and efficiency policies was put on hold with possible "yes" votes not present at the Ohio Statehouse.

Andy Chow

The legislation moving out of the Ohio Senate will subsidize nuclear, solar, and coal power while getting rid of requirements to invest in energy efficiency programs and weakening overall renewable energy policies.

Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee meets in  the Senate Building to discuss changes to HB6.
Dan Konik

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.

Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville, third from right) shakes hands with Rep. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) at the first meeting of the budget conference committee on June 25.
Karen Kasler

Budget talks between leaders of the House and Senate are being described as very positive with solid progress moving forward, but a deadline is coming Wednesday.

Federal Hocking Superintendent George Wood and former Gov. Ted Strickland look at an image of the middle/high school’s roof with the solar arrays.
Andy Chow

Federal Hocking Local Schools flipped the switch on its new solar energy installation that will provide about 700 kilowatts of renewable energy, making up about 70% of the school building’s energy use.

Inside the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, OH
Dan Konik

FirstEnergy Solutions says it will continue its plans to deactivate and decommission Ohio's two nuclear power plants since lawmakers were not able to pass a bail out measure before the June 30 deadline. However, the energy company says there’s still time to reverse course.

Andy Chow

The Senate has made its own sweeping changes to Ohio energy policy through a substitute bill version of HB6 that continues to bailout nuclear power plants but avoids repealing renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) references board with details of energy bill in April. The bill has evolved from when it was introduced in the Ohio House.
Andy Chow

The Ohio Senate will begin official hearings on the extensive energy bill that would redirect the state’s attention away from renewables and subsidize nuclear and coal instead. 

Ohio House debates energy bill, HB6, before passing the chamber by a vote of 53-43.
Andy Chow

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.

Blue Creek Wind Farm
Iberdrola Renewables

Wind energy experts are pushing back against a change made to the House energy bill, HB6, that allows municipalities to vote on wind farm projects. Opponents of the change say this will dramatically impact the wind industry. 

House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Andy Chow

Opponents are outraged over changes made to the so-called “clean air” bill approved by a House committee. The legislation subsidizes nuclear and coal plants, repeals required support for renewable energy, and strips the ability for wind and solar to receive credits. 

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Andy Chow

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

Democratic members of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee left during testimony on House Bill 6, calling it a "stunt committee meeting". They returned more than an hour later.
Karen Kasler

There's an apparent partisan split over what supporters call the Clean Air Bill and opponents label a nuclear power plant bailout.

PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo testifies before the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Andy Chow

The chair of Ohio’s regulatory authority says judging the pros and cons of the "clean energy" bill some have called a nuclear power plant bailout depends on any given goal.

House Energy And Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.
Andy Chow

Republican lawmakers are looking to draw out some of the big changes proposed in the energy bill that would ultimately change the rates on everyone’s electric bills. 

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Dan Konik

The energy bill that would bail out nuclear plants while repealing the state’s green energy standards on utilities is collecting a variety of opponents that don’t usually take the same side.

Tom Froehle, AEP Vice President of External Affairs, testifies in front of the House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.
Andy Chow

One of Ohio’s largest electric companies, AEP, is weighing in on the bill that would create credits for energy sources that do not produce carbon emissions while also eliminating an existing fee on ratepayers. 

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