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The CEO of one of Ohio’s largest energy providers made a rare appearance before state lawmakers, pleading for nuclear plant subsidies. 

Updated at 4:58 p.m. May 18 to update the status of an Ohio bill and to add the name of a group spearheading support for it.

Just like coal companies, America's nuclear power industry is having a tough time. It faces slowing demand for electricity, and competition from cheaper natural gas and renewables. And now, touting itself as a form of clean energy, the nuclear industry is lobbying state legislatures with a controversial pitch for help.

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Columbus-based American Electric Power is defending its proposal to raise customer rates.

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The utility that owns Ohio's two nuclear power plants says it needs to charge its customers more in order save the facilities. 

A bailout is being proposed for two Ohio nuclear power plants that would end up increasing rates by 5 percent for customers of their owner, troubled Akron-based FirstEnergy.

Akron-based FirstEnergy is planning to either sell or close all of its power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

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Consumer groups are appealing the Public Utility Commission of Ohio's decision to increase rates to guaranteed profits for Akron-based FirstEnergy's coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says the controversial power purchase agreements allowing two Ohio utilities to impose short-term rate increases cannot take effect until the agency approves them.

PUCO Approves Utilities Plan To Raise Rates To Subsidize Older Plants

Mar 31, 2016

State regulators have approved a pair of deals that allow FirstEnergy and AEP to impose multi-billion dollar rate increases on electricity customers to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

Regulators Set To Vote On Rate Hike For AEP And First energy

Mar 30, 2016

State regulators are set to vote tomorrow on a multi-billion-dollar rate hike proposal from two electric utilities that critics call a coal plant bailout.

Alternative energy supporters have organized a campaign against two proposed agreements that they call coal-plant bailouts.

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Utilities, energy officials and environmental advocates are debating a proposal that would set the stage for the future of energy in Ohio.

Akron-based FirstEnergy says the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant that was shut down Saturday night due to a steam leak has resumed operations.

Akron-based FirstEnergy is pushing a plan that would result in higher electric bills for the next three years. 

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A nuclear power plant has been shut down after a steam leak was found in a non-radioactive portion of the plant in northwest Ohio.

FirstEnergy Says Davis-Besse Is Safe

Sep 9, 2014
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Akron-based FirstEnergy says cracks in the concrete shield that protects the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo have grown since they were first found three years ago.

Work is underway to find the source of a power outage in Franklin County.

Akron-based FirstEnergy has been leading the fight to weaken the state's renewable energy standards.

Utility Wants Changes In Energy Standards

Nov 8, 2013

Akron-based FirstEnergy has been advocating for changes to the state's energy efficiency standards.

More Cracks Found At Davis-Besse

Sep 24, 2013

Akron-based FirstEnergy says workers have found more cracks in the concrete building housing the reactor of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo.

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