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Ohio Goes 'Old School' With Energy Law

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie.
Ron Schwane
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Associated Press
The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson discusses the new state law that bails out two nuclear power plants and scraps renewable energy mandates. Statehouse News Bureau reporter Andy Chow joins the show.

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On this week's episode:
Keeping The Light On

The Ohio legislature approved an energy bill this week that Gov. DeWine quickly signed into law. Most believe the law bails out the two aging FirstEnergy Solutions nuclear power plants, after the company threatened to shut down the facilities if they didn't receive state help. The bill also subsidizes two coal power plants, including one in Indiana. 

Electric rate payers from around the state will pay for the bailout thorough surcharges on their electric bills, but bills won’t go up because lawmakers largely discontinued renewable energy mandates and their associated surcharges.

Survey Says

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Joe Biden beating President Trump in a hypothetical election match-up in Ohio. Other Democratics also did well and would likley give Trump serious challenge.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Staff members of the Ohio House and Governor’s office ordered a state plane to fly to Chicago to retrieve the lawmakers so they could vote on the energy bill. The trip was deemed "state business." After the Dayton Daily News got wind of the flight plans and started asking questions, the flight was cancelled.

To suggest a snollygoster of the week or ask us a question email snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.