Harbor Energy balks on subsidy; Davis-Besse would survive

Mar 17, 2021 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 0 comments

Superintendent Guy Parmigian of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District said this week that while the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant may lose the subsidies provided by HB 6 last year, plant owner Harbor Energy will continue to operate, pay taxes and employ hundreds of workers.

“The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant is our largest employer and taxpayer,” said Parmigian, in a letter to B-C-S district residents. “Many of you will recall the fight to pass HB 6 in 2019, which provided subsidies to Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. Since the allegations and investigation surrounding HB 6 and former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, there has been a lot of conversation about HB 6 and the nuclear subsidies.”

Parmigian noted that the subsidies will likely go away with the passage of Senate Bill 44.

Energy Harbor may not want to accept the HB 6 bailout, as well, because of federal regulation changes that effectively penalize certain companies taking state subsidies. The changes, which took effect after House Bill 6 passed last year, make it harder for electricity generators that receive subsidies, such as nuclear and renewable resources, to compete in regional electric wholesale markets.

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