Backers say there’s still time to save Ohio’s nuclear plants

by Associated Press on October 11, 2018 at 10:58 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A group of community leaders backed by the owner of Ohio’s two nuclear plants say there’s still time to save the plants from closing.

But the newly formed coalition called the Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance also says time is running out.

They’re trying to convince state lawmakers to come up with a lifeline for the two plants that produce 14 percent of Ohio’s electricity.

So far, the Republican-led legislature has been resistant to providing any aid.

FirstEnergy Solutions has said it plans to close the two nuclear plants by 2021 unless the government helps ease the high costs of operating them.

Backers of the plants say they have only eight or nine months to persuade state lawmakers to help before final decisions about the plants must be made.