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IEEFA update:  Bailing out Ohio’s nuclear and coal plants unnecessary for supply or rate stability

IEEFA update: Bailing out Ohio’s nuclear and coal plants unnecessary for supply or rate stability

But $300 million annual charge would be bonanza for FirstEnergy Solutions

(IEEFA U.S.) – A bill before the Ohio General Assembly (HB 6), aimed at rescuing FirstEnergy Solutions’ economically uncompetitive aging nuclear and coal-fired power plants is misguided, according to a briefing note released by the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The briefing note: Bailout Bill a Bonanza for FirstEnergy Solutions, may […]

IEEFA update: Big risk to taxpayers in FirstEnergy settlement on coal plants

IEEFA update: Big risk to taxpayers in FirstEnergy settlement on coal plants

Who will pay for cleanup and reclamation at sites in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia?

The overriding risk that remains from a federal court settlement this week around the FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy in Ohio is that taxpayers in three states will be left holding the bag on cleaning up after the company. This is no small-ticket item. It’s impossible to say what it will cost to decommission and do the […]

September 28, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Report: ‘National Security’ Argument for Saving 2 Power Plants Is a Red Herring Meant to Distract From an Ohio Valley Electric Bailout

Keeping Kyger Creek and Clifty Creek on Life Support Would Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion; Market Conditions Will Continue to Undermine Viability of Aging Coal-Fired Plants; Public Resources Are Better Spent on Investing in Transition; Neither Generator Is Needed for Grid Stability

June 20, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a research brief questioning a bill in the Ohio legislature that would bail out two failing coal-fired power plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and keep the plants alive at huge expense to ratepayers. The plants […]

IEEFA Report: A Cynical Re-Regulation Strategy in West Virginia

IEEFA Report: A Cynical Re-Regulation Strategy in West Virginia

FirstEnergy’s Machinations Around the Pleasants Power Station Are Designed to Shift Risk to Ratepayers

In seeking to get the West Virginia Public Service Commission to allow it to sell all or a portion of its Pleasants Power Station, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. is following a strategy of re-regulation that stands to benefit shareholders at ratepayer expense. The coal-fired 1,300-megawatt Pleasants plant is currently owned by a FirstEnergy deregulated subsidiary, Allegheny […]

September 8, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Ohio: Damn Tradition, Bailouts Are Where It’s At

IEEFA Ohio: Damn Tradition, Bailouts Are Where It’s At

Update: FirstEnergy Piles Insult Onto Billions of Dollars in Injury by Threatening to Move Its Headquarters From Akron

Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always thought investor-owned electric utilities were set up to provide power to consumers who paid for what they got.    In states where electricity is deregulated, utility companies compete for customers—just like any other business does. And in states where utilities are regulated, public-utility commissions determine how rates are set […]

August 24, 2016 Read More →
FirstEnergy’s Scheme to Protect Aging Power Plants in Ohio Will Cost Ratepayers $4 Billion

FirstEnergy’s Scheme to Protect Aging Power Plants in Ohio Will Cost Ratepayers $4 Billion

A Utility Company’s Subsidy Plan Ignores the New Energy Economy

We’ve published a report today that outlines in fresh detail how the proposed bailout of the Ohio utility giant FirstEnergy is a raw deal for ratepayers. Our report, “A $4 Billion Bailout in the Buckeye State,” concludes that the FirstEnergy scheme, if approved by the Pubic Utility Commission of Ohio, would cost ratepayers across northern […]

February 9, 2016 Read More →
In Ohio, AEP and FirstEnergy Adopt an Audacious Strategy That Could Cost Ratepayers Dearly

In Ohio, AEP and FirstEnergy Adopt an Audacious Strategy That Could Cost Ratepayers Dearly

A Model First Established in West Virginia Is Being Pushed Now in the Buckeye State

We’ve posted a research note today that explains how reregulation schemes in Ohio by FirstEnergy and AEP bear a striking resemblance to one approved in West Virginia that resulted in a recent push to raise electricity rates by 12.5 percent. The gist of our memo, “West Virginia Bailout Emboldens FirstEnergy and AEP in Ohio,” is […]

October 21, 2015 Read More →
Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

FirstEnergy: A Major Utility Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround (pdf) By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance and Cathy Kunkel, Fellow Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

October 6, 2014 Read More →
Report: Mountain State Maneuver: AEP and FirstEnergy try to stick ratepayers with risky coal plants

Report: Mountain State Maneuver: AEP and FirstEnergy try to stick ratepayers with risky coal plants

Mountain State Maneuver: AEP and FirstEnergy try to stick ratepayers with risky coal plants (pdf)      

July 30, 2013 Read More →

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Ohio lawmakers seek to remedy scandal-tainted efficiency measures

Associated Press: Ohio power companies could once again offer energy efficiency programs such as smart thermostats or appliance rebates, the cost of which would be covered by customers under new legislation aimed at restarting such programs after a now-tainted energy bill killed them off. The nuclear plant bailout law approved in 2019 paved the way […]

August 17, 2021 Read More →

FirstEnergy to pay $230M fine for nuclear bailout bribery scheme

Wall Street Journal ($): Federal prosecutors on Thursday said utility FirstEnergy Corp. had agreed to pay $230 million to resolve charges that it was involved in a bribery scheme to pass a state bailout of nuclear power plants in Ohio. Under a three-year deferred prosecution agreement, FirstEnergy agreed to pay the penalty and develop a […]

July 23, 2021 Read More →

Ohio judge blocks $1 billion nuclear bailout bill

Associated Press: A central Ohio judge on Monday blocked the subsidies from a $1 billion nuclear bailout law at the center of a $60 million bribery probe, as state lawmakers scrambled to decide the fate of a repeal effort and nominees were chosen to succeed a utility regulator who resigned amid the investigation. Franklin County […]

December 22, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Decline in coal exports adds to Navajo-owned company’s problems

IEEFA U.S.: Decline in coal exports adds to Navajo-owned company’s problems

Weak demand and low prices are likely creating steep losses for NTEC

U.S. coal exports to Asia—once heralded as the saving grace for struggling coal producers in the western United States—are facing new strains from low prices and weak demand in the wake of the global COVID-19 crisis.  In its third-quarter financial statement released earlier this month, Westshore Terminals in British Columbia, the primary terminal for U.S. thermal coal […]

FirstEnergy filing says Ohio bribery probe could pose risks to utility’s financial status

Cleveland.com: FirstEnergy officials said Monday they will not comment further on what prompted the company to fire its CEO and two other top executives late last week, other than the decision was set in motion following a Sept. 2 subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But a new company regulatory filing says “potential […]

November 3, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Follow the money, and repeal FirstEnergy’s Ohio bailout
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IEEFA U.S.: Follow the money, and repeal FirstEnergy’s Ohio bailout

FBI lays bare audacious $61 million web of racketeering - Gov. DeWine should call special legislative session

FirstEnergy’s successful campaign last year to secure a $1 billion bailout of its Ohio nuclear plants is at the center of a pay-to-play scandal that is rocking Ohio. Yesterday, the Justice Department filed criminal charges against Larry Householder, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and four close associates in a case U.S. Attorney David […]

IEEFA update: FirstEnergy stops at nothing in its quest for an Ohio ratepayer-financed bailout

IEEFA update: FirstEnergy stops at nothing in its quest for an Ohio ratepayer-financed bailout

 Worried supporters of HB6 are undermining the state’s public referendum process in their desperation to keep the national energy transition at bay

Just how far will one utility go to force its customers, workers, suppliers and host communities to pay for its own bad business decisions? FirstEnergy, the electric utility that services the northern third of the Buckeye State, is using a host of increasingly desperate tactics to preserve a $900 million bailout from Ohioans for its […]

October 18, 2019 Read More →

FirstEnergy to close Bruce Mansfield coal plant two years early

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The owner of the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Beaver County, the largest in the state, said the facility will shutter in November, nearly two years ahead of an already truncated schedule. Bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. blamed a “lack of economic viability in current market conditions” for the decision to close the […]

August 12, 2019 Read More →

PJM: Ohio’s nuclear and coal subsidy bill likely to cost more than forecast

Energy News Network: A bill to subsidize FirstEnergy Solutions’ two Ohio nuclear plants could cost customers even more than the hundreds of millions of dollars in direct charges proposed to prop up those plus two older coal plants. A new analysis from grid operator PJM concludes that keeping FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants open could also cost […]

June 6, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA update:  Bailing out Ohio’s nuclear and coal plants unnecessary for supply or rate stability
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IEEFA update: Bailing out Ohio’s nuclear and coal plants unnecessary for supply or rate stability

But $300 million annual charge would be bonanza for FirstEnergy Solutions

(IEEFA U.S.) – A bill before the Ohio General Assembly (HB 6), aimed at rescuing FirstEnergy Solutions’ economically uncompetitive aging nuclear and coal-fired power plants is misguided, according to a briefing note released by the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The briefing note: Bailout Bill a Bonanza for FirstEnergy Solutions, may […]