Unfair legislation forces all Ohio utility
customers to pay $300 million increase for failing business
After the five
previous attempts to bailout their failing business on the backs of the Ohio
consumers, First Energy is at it again. Ohio House Bill 6 would saddle all
Ohioans with a new, unfair and unnecessary annual $300 million nuclear bailout
titled, The Ohio Clean Air Program, House Bill 6 was touted as a savings to
residential and business customers. In reality the bill is filled with vague
language, hidden legacy fees and a $300 million nuclear bailout for two failing
power plants in Northeast Ohio.
Based on the
legislation, one company, First Energy, stands to receive the majority of the
newly created $300 million Clean Air Program Fund.
AARP is firmly
opposed to this for all Ohioans, but especially for those age 50-plus who are
living on fixed incomes. We urge you to contact your legislator and tell them to oppose House Bill 6.
Analysis of the
bill indicates that rather than seeing a cost reduction in their bills, as
originally promised by the bill supporters, all Ohio utility customers will still be on the hook to pay for
existing energy efficiency programs and contracts with no clear end to those
The idea that
Ohio utility customers would be asked to not only bail out a profitable
corporation, but also be required to pay legacy fees for conservation programs
that may not exist in the future or provide consumer benefit is absurd and
This legislation will
increase utility bills and in a very unnecessary and unfair way. We urge
you to please contact your legislators and tell them to stand up for Ohio utility customers and oppose House Bill 6.
Say NO to another Bailout Request for First Energy
Dear [Decision Maker],
House Bill 6 would saddle all Ohioans with a new, unfair and unnecessary annual $300 million nuclear bailout tax. The bill, as written today, does not deliver in a clear, identifiable way, any benefit to Ohio's consumers, manufacturers or future. Instead it promises savings and jobs, but has no specific language outlining due process to ensure that will happen.
Sincerely[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]