HB6 May Be Repealed Soon

(Columbus) - Both bodies of Ohio's General Assembly are working on bills that would repeal all, or part of, House Bill 6, which adds on to FirstEnergy bills a fee that would bail out the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants.

Senate President Matt Huffman says Senate Bill 44 would repeal the part of HB 6 that calls specifically for the bailout money. Huffman says a vote is likely in the next couple of weeks. Huffman told reporters Wednesday that the current operator of the nuclear plants has said that having the bailout may make it harder for them to sell electricity generated by the plants, due to rules set in 2019 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The two northern Ohio nuclear power plants are owned by Energy Harbor, which used to be a subsidiary of FirstEnergy called FirstEnergy Solutions, but became a separate company after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In the State House, they're debating five bills that could get rid of all or parts of HB 6.

(Photo of Perry Nuclear Plant courtesy U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

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