Environmental groups oppose elimination of the renewable and energy efficiency standards. Free market advocates oppose government subsidies for specific industries or companies.
The bill has been the focus of intense lobbying and more than $7 million on TV and other ads that seek to sway lawmakers and the public.
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First Energy Solutions, which is in bankruptcy proceedings, announced plans to close its nuclear power plants along Lake Erie unless it gets government subsidies. FES wants lawmakers to take action soon, before it needs to order re-supply materials.
Obhof said senators don’t want to rush but recognize that FES needs an answer by early August.