COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) - A coalition of community leaders, elected officials, business and labor organizations announced the formation of the Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance. The coalition will engage legislators, policymakers and the public to highlight the employment, economic, environmental and grid reliability benefits provided by Ohio’s two nuclear power facilities.
The Davis Besse plant in Ottawa County and Perry plant in Lake County are scheduled to close by 2022. The alliance is seeking a public policy solution that will allow the facilities to remain open into the future, according to a media release obtained by 13abc.
"We are here to urge our elected leaders to take the necessary steps to save the Davis Besse and Perry nuclear power stations," said Lake County Commissioner Jerry Cirino. "Allowing these facilities to shut down will have a devastating economic impact on their local communities. The operation of Ohio’s nuclear stations contributes over 500 million dollars annually to the state’s economy. Over 4000 jobs are at stake."
"We cannot afford to lose this enormous economic driver and the jobs they provide," said Dorsey Hager, Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades. "Once these jobs are gone, especially living-wage union jobs, they seldom come back. On top of that, a recent study estimates that if the plants close, the typical Ohio resident’s electric bill will steadily increase and could be as much as $68 more a year by 2029. That’s a hit our families can’t afford."
"In Ottawa County, we like to say Davis Besse not only lights our homes, it powers our economy,” said Ottawa County Improvement Corporation Director Jamie Beier Grant. "We attract dynamic companies across commercial and industrial segments because we offer some of the lowest industrial electric rates in the Midwest. If the stations close, it is estimated it will cost Ohio customers $4.2 billion more for electricity between 2022 and 2029. That’s potentially a crippling blow to our local economy."
"Our schools and local governments have immensely benefited from our community energy partner Davis Besse," said Guy Parmigian, superintendent of the Benton-Carrol-Salem School District in Ottawa County. "We have also felt the pain and lost tax revenue from the station’s uncertain future. If the station closes permanently, we will likely have to make deep cuts in our district budget."
Current members of the Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance are listed below and additional members will be added to our website as they join:
Dan Horrigan, Mayor of Akron
Guy Parmigian, Superintendent of Benton-Carroll-Salem School District
Jerry Cirino, Lake County Commissioner
Daniel Troy, Lake County Commissioner
Bernie Quilter, Lucas County Clerk of Courts
Scott Marn, Councilman, City of Mentor Councilman
John Krueger, Council President, City of Mentor
Ed Klco, Mayor of North Perry Village
Mike Cutler, North Perry Village Councilman
Brian Titus, North Perry Village Councilman
Rick Walker, North Perry Village Councilman
Don Douglas, Mayor of Oak Harbor
Jack Thompson, Superintendent of Perry Local Schools
Robert Dawson, Perry Township Trustee
James McDonald, Fire Chief, Perry Joint Fire District
James Sass, Ottawa County Commissioner
Mark Coppeler, Ottawa Country Commissioner
Mark Stahl, Ottawa County Commissioner
Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive
Martin Mahon, Business Manager, Boilermakers Local 744
Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council
Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council
Dave Kirven, East Central Ohio Building Trades
Tim Exton, President, Carpenters Local 435
Patrick Corrigan, Business Manager, Heat and Frost Insulators Local 3
Larry J. Tscheme, Business Manager, I.B.E.W. Local 245
Dennis Meaney, Business Manager, I.B.E.W. Local 38
Mike Muzic, President, I.B.E.W. Local 38
Ed Moore, Business Manager, I.B.E.W. 683
Terence Joyce, Business Manager, Laborers Local 310
Bill Nails, Business Representative, Plasterers Local 526
John Youngberg, Business Manager, Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union Local 42
Jeff White, Business Manager, Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union Local 168
Timothy Skinner, Representative, Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 669
David Dudas, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 52
Sonny Nardi, President, Teamsters Local 416
Mary Durica, Secretary -Treasurer, Teamsters Local 416
John Fortesque, President, Teamsters Local 436
Debbie Munger, Trustee, Teamsters Local 436
Roberto Paro, President, Teamsters Local 1164
Judy Townsend, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 1164
Businesses and Organizations
Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
Durivage Pattern & Manufacturing
Ellis & Watts Global Industries, Inc.
New Green Legacy Services
President, Petros Homes
Perry Economic Development Council
Ottawa County Improvement Corporation
Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency
West Point Paving, Inc.