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Records detail official’s efforts to salvage HB6 bailout law


Andrew J. Tobias - atobias@cleveland.com  

 

    COLUMBUS — State records the FBI requested last year detail the steps a former top state official took to try to save Ohio’s nuclear bailout law after it was threatened by a federal regulatory decision.

    The newly released records show how in January 2020, then-Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chair Sam Randazzo traveled to meet executives with Energy Harbor, the owner of the two nuclear plants bailed out by House Bill 6, at the company’s corporate headquarters in Akron.

    Randazzo helped set up the meeting the month before, following a late-night phone call, according to a calendar entry, hours after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a new rule meant to discourage states from subsidizing their electricity industry, as Ohio had done in 2019 with HB6.

    “Done — send the arrangements — happy to get something to eat afterwards but I need to pick up the tab for whatever I order,” Randazzo wrote in an email arranging the meeting with company CEO John Judge, Executive Chairman John Kiani and Executive Vice President for Government Affairs David Griffin.

    See House Bill 6 Scandal, A9

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