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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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Public News Service - OH: Energy Policy

Two of Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s coal plants will receive subsidies under House Bill 6. (William Alden/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio electric customers soon will be footing the bill for some aging coal-fired power plants. Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 6 on Tuesday, just hours after it was passed by the Legislature. The law imposes an energy tax on electric customers to subsidize First Energy's two nort

About 1,500 direct jobs are supported by federal weatherization funding. (highwaystarz/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Weatherization programs in Ohio could get a federal funding boost. Last week, a U.S. House committee marked-up HB 2041, which would provide a roughly 20% increase in funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program. A Senate committee is expected to clear its version of the l

FERC is accepting public comment on its environmental assessment of The Buckeye Xpress pipeline project. (FERC)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite an agreeable review from regulators, some Ohio residents and organizations still object to a proposed pipeline expansion. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking public comment on its environmental assessment for the Buckeye XPress project, which involves th

Would legislation now in the Ohio House benefit electric customers or nuclear power plants? (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio House could vote this week on a massive overhaul of the state's clean-energy programs. House Bill 6 would repeal the state's renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards, and create new subsidies through a new Ohio Clean Energy Fund for FirstEnergy Solution's two nucle

Nearly $2 billion worth of methane gas is lost each year through flaring and leaks at oil- and gas-well sites in the United States. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New federal legislation could help Ohio in its efforts to reduce methane gas leaks from natural-gas facilities. Methane is considered one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and nearly $2 billion worth of methane is lost each year at oil and gas well sites across the country. Th

Opposition is mounting against an Ohio energy bill that opponents say would result in higher electric bills for customers. (Pexels/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The debate over an Ohio bill deemed a "nuclear bailout" by opponents is intensifying, with some advocates saying it would hurt the pocketbooks of older adults. Lawmakers with the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee are expected to discuss the future of H.B. 6

Ohio's two failing nuclear plants would benefit greatly from a proposed Ohio Clean Air Program now in the Legislature. (Erik Drost/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican state lawmakers are working to move a controversial clean-energy bill quickly through the Ohio Legislature. House Bill 6 would create the Ohio Clean Air Program, which would offer incentives to build and maintain power-generating facilities with zero- or reduced carbon e

Increased consumer adoption of electric vehicle technology is boosting clean car job growth. (@doondevil/Twenty20.com)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeye State still ranks near the top for clean job creation. According to a new report from the nonpartisan business group E2, nearly 113,000 people are employed in Ohio's clean-energy sector. That's a 4.6 percent increase in the past year, which E2 Executive Directo

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