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Ohio Supreme Court Dismisses Case Over Nuclear Bailout Law

Perry Nuclear Plant
Dan Konik
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The Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Lake County is one of two nuclear plants in Ohio that had been scheduled to close.

The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a case arguing that voters can’t vote on the state's nuclear power plant bailout law. The nuclear power company argued that the rate increases were really a tax increase.

FirstEnergy Solutions, which recently changed its name to Energy Harbor, is set to get about $150 million a year in subsidies through increased rates on electric bills. That bailout was created through House Bill 6.

The company argued that the rate increases constituted a tax hike and that citizens cannot vote on taxes.

The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed the case citing what it called a "lack of justiciable controversy."

A group fell short of putting a referendum on the ballot. But they still have a case in the supreme court asking for more time to collect signatures.