Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House introduced legislation Friday that would provide subsidies for two Ohio nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, while at the same time defunding decade-old renewable energy and efficiency programs.
It’s still unclear who will bear the cost of cleaning up the bankrupt company’s coal and nuclear plant sites.
The draft legislation would create a new surcharge, with proceeds distributed to power plants that “make a significant contribution toward minimizing emissions”
Some environmental groups see a proposed nuclear power plant bailout as an opportunity to boost clean energy, too.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fully funded through 2019 and not affected by the partial government shutdown.