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In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 photo, sit manager, Jim Chardos, lowers his head as he talks about Tennessee Valley Authority selling the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, in Hollywood, Ala. After spending more than 40 years and $5 billion on an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeastern Alabama, the nation's largest federal utility is preparing to sell the property at a fraction of its cost.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A plan to add a new charge to Ohioans' electric bills to financially rescue Ohio's two struggling nuclear plants has cleared the Ohio House over the objections of clean energy advocates.
The bill approved Wednesday would repeal renewable energy standards that require investment in alternative energy options, such as wind and solar. It also eliminates clean air incentives for renewable energy projects.
Majority Republicans backing the bill over Democrats' objections want to help nuclear plants that FirstEnergy Solutions says will close unless the company gets help reducing costs.
The plan generates about $200 million annually through charges tacked onto monthly residential and business electricity bills.
The bill heads next to the Senate.
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