A referendum committee has been formed to overturn legislation signed into law Tuesday that subsidizes two nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions.
The announcement by Bill Siderewicz, president of Boston-based Clean Energy Future, followed House Bill 6 being signed into law Tuesday afternoon by Gov. Mike DeWine. The bill passed by a 51-38 vote in the Ohio House of Representatives. On July 17, it was approved by a 19-12 vote in the Ohio Senate.
The legislation will apply monthly surcharges of $2.50 for residential energy customers, $20 for commercial customers and $250 for customers classified as industrial. It also creates the Ohio Clean Air Quality Development Authority, which would provide during the first year “clean air credits” under the Ohio Clean Air program to power plants, such as nuclear power plants, that produce zero carbon emissions.
FirstEnergy Solutions operates two nuclear plants in Ohio, the Davis-Besse plant near Toledo and the Perry nuclear plant along Lake Erie.
Nearly all of the members of the Mahoning Valley’s delegation to Columbus – state Sens. Sean O’Brien and Michael Rulli, and state Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan, Michael O’Brien, and Gil Blair – all voted against the legislation. State Rep. Don Manning, R-59 New Middletown, voted in favor of the legislation.Click here to read the whole article.