Renewables in Retreat? Ohio Democrats Vote to Support Nuclear and Coal Power.

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Davis Besse Nuclear Power Plant over Lake Erie, Ohio Felix KoenigCC

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

In Ohio lawmakers have slashed renewable incentives and moved to support coal and nuclear power, with substantial support from state Democrats.

Ohio lawmakers pass bill to cut renewable requirement, help nuclear and coal

Critics say the bill unnecessarily bails out nuclear, coal owner FirstEnergy Solutions.

MEGAN GEUSS?6/1/2019, 1:26 AM

This week, lawmakers in Ohio?s House of Representatives voted 53-43 in favor of a controversial bill that would permit a consumer-funded subsidy for nuclear plants and possibly for ailing coal plants as well.

The bill would also end Ohio?s renewable portfolio standard, which required that the state?s utilities to obtain 12.5 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2027. Instead, that renewable portfolio standard is replaced by smaller steps to bolster renewable power, but environmental groups say the bill is a…

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