COLUMBUS — Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder says he has pieced together the votes needed Tuesday to pass House Bill 6, providing FirstEnergy Solutions with $150 million a year to rescue its pair of nuclear power plants on the shore of Lake Erie.

Asked Monday morning if the votes to pass the bill by concurring with Senate changes had been compiled, Householder responded: "Should be OK."

While the Senate voted 19-12 on Wednesday to pass the controversial measure, a vote was not taken in the House because four known "yes" votes were not present for the session.

Householder, R-Glenford, pointed out Monday that he had 49 of the 50 needed votes last week, but the return of Republican lawmakers absent for the vote should send it to passage Tuesday.

The House suddenly scheduled a Tuesday session on Sunday afternoon after originally not planning to return to the Statehouse until Aug. 1. Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions has maintained it must have the money as soon as possible to avoid the shutdown of its pair of Ohio nuclear power plants.

Saying the nuclear plants are the leading source of carbon-free electricity in Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has pressed the House to pass the bill, which he said he would sign as passed by the Senate. "I don't believe a few more days [in passing a bill] will make that big a difference" for FirstEnergy Solutions, DeWine said late last week.

Under the bill, consumers would pay an 85 cent monthly fee on their electricity bill with 90% — about $150 million a year — going to FirstEnergy Solutions, owner of the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants in northern Ohio. The rest of the money, about $20 million a year, would support solar projects being developed in the state.

In addition to the nuclear plants, the bill would continue subsidies collected to support two old, coal-fired power plants, one in Ohio and one in Indiana. Consumers would pay up to $1.50 a month to support the plants owned by a group of utilities, including Columbus-based American Electric Power.

A coalition of environmental groups is holding a news conference before the House session because "the bill does nothing more than enact a blatant consumer-funded bailout of FirstEnergy Solutions’ nuclear plants and two old, dirty coal plants while gutting the state’s renewable energy and efficiency standards. The bill continues to move Ohio in the wrong direction."

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, objected to the bailout while answering questions from a reporter Friday at the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

“I don’t like it when government bails out a company and makes people’s rates go up … it sounds to me that this company is looking to ratepayers and taxpayers for more help than it should get," he said.