We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though.
Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.
And they want you and me to pay for it.
$2 Billion Proposal Backs Uranium Enrichment in Ohio
November 6th, 2009
On October 27, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Resolution 108, urging President Obama to grant a $2 billion taxpayer-backed loan guarantee to USEC, the corporation that is building a uranium enrichment plant at Piketon, Ohio. On August 4, the US Dept. of Energy deferred review of the USEC loan application until a series of specific technology and financial milestones have been met.
The bill also urges US Sec. of Energy Steven Chu to provide federal funding assistance for what has been termed a “Clean Energy Park Demonstration Project” at the Piketon site. This means funding for a nuclear power plant proposed to be built on the Piketon site, as was announced in July of 2009.
A new nuclear power plant would be extremely expensive and would require massive taxpayer subsidies, including state subsidies. A new plant would also cause large rate increases. First Energy, which owns the 2 nuclear power plants in northern Ohio, charges the highest electric rates in Ohio.