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Nuclear Costs

Estimates for new reactor construction costs continue to sky-rocket. Conservative estimates range between $6 and $12 billion per reactor but Standard & Poor's predicts a continued rise. The nuclear power industry is lobbying for heavy federal subsidization including unlimited loan guarantees but the Congressional Budget Office predicts the risk of default will be well over 50 percent, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill. Beyond Nuclear opposes taxpayer and ratepayer subsidies for the nuclear energy industry.

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Sunday
Jul072019

Ohio Lawmakers Miss Deadline to Save Two Nuclear Plants, Vow to Keep Trying

FirstEnergy says it will continue decommissioning plants outside Cleveland and Toledo but can wait a few weeks longer for state aid

As reported by the Wall Street Journal [note, the article is behind a pay wall]

Wednesday
Jul032019

Who paid all that money to buy all those nuclear bailout ads raining on Ohio?

Tuesday
Jul022019

Ohio State Lawmakers Missed Deadline To Subsidize Nuclear Power Plants: Now What?

Monday
Jul012019

FirstEnergy Solutions says there’s still time for state legislators to OK bailout

As reported by the Akron Beacon Journal.

So why then did bankrupt FirstEnergy Nuclear plead with the Ohio state legislature that it needed a massive bailout by June 30, 2019, at the very latest, in order to order new nuclear fuel, to keep its Ohio reactors operating?

As Tim Judson, executive director of NIRS, called it, in his testimony to the Ohio legislature opposed to the nuclear bailout bill (House Bill 6, HB6), FirstEnergy was bluffing.

Monday
Jul012019

LIST OF OHIO STATE SENATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO CALL re: HB 6 (Ohio Nuclear Bailout)!

Action alert from Patricia Marida, Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Committee:

The legislative session has been extended for 2 weeks.  Even with [State of Ohio] Senate, House and Governor all Republicans, they cannot agree.  Please call any time of day or night and leave a message.

Send letters to them at:  Senate Building, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215.

 

Oppose Nuclear & Coal Bailouts and Renewable Energy

and Efficiency Rollbacks at the Ohio Statehouse

Sample Script

Hi, my name is _______________________ and I’m calling because I’m concerned about

House Bill 6. This bill creates a new energy tax on all Ohio electric customers to bail out

uneconomic coal and nuclear plants - including a plant not even in Ohio!, I am also concerned

with how HB 6 guts our renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. These standards

reduce energy waste, save us money and are helping Ohio to transition to clean, affordable

renewable energy.

I want Senator _______________ to take a stand for future generations of Ohioans and

oppose this bill in the Senate and instead support legislation that will help to grow renewable

energy like wind and solar that will truly make our air cleaner.

Please ask _____________________ to vote NO on HB 6.

Senate Energy and Utilities Committee (primary target after House vote)

Craig(614) 466-5131

Williams(614) 466-4857

Wilson(614) 466-9737

McColley614) 466-8150

Brenner(614) 466-8086

Burke (614) 466-8049

Dolan(614) 466-8056

Eklund(614) 644-7718

Hoagland(614) 466-6508

Huffman(614) 466-7584

O’Brien(614) 466-7182

Peterson(614) 466-8156

Rulli(614) 466-8285

Senate President

Obhof (614) 466-7505

Ranking Member

Yuko (614) 466-4583