FirstEnergy Solutions is on the verge of getting its $150 million-a-year bailout from state’s electricity customers to save its two northern Ohio power plants.

The House, by a 51-38 vote Tuesday, agreed to changes in House Bill 6 approved by the Senate last week, sending the biggest overhaul to the state’s energy laws in more than a decade to Gov. Mike DeWine for his consideration. DeWine has said he supports the bill.

The bill would impose a fee of 85 cents a month on residential ratepayers from 2021 through 2027, generating about $170 million a year with most of the money shoring up the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants. Without aid, FirstEnergy Solutions, the former power generation arm of Akron-based FirstEnergy that is working through bankruptcy protection, has said it will begin to shut down the plants.

Beyond that, the bill ends the state’s renewal portfolio standards and guts energy efficiency programs.

Backers of the legislation have said ending fees for those programs will save consumers money and that the legislation will save the 1,400 jobs at the nuclear plants. Environmental groups have said the legislation threatens energy-efficiency programs that have saved consumers $5.1 billion over the past year 10 years and created more than 100,000 jobs. Ending the renewal portfolio standards will result in dirtier air, they say.

In addition to bailing out the nuclear plants, the bill bails out two coal-fired power plants, one in Ohio and one in Indiana, owned by a group of power companies that include American Electric Power, by imposing a fee of as much as $1.50 a month through 2030.

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