FirstEnergy on October 18 mentioned its coal-fired Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia will keep open till June 2022, after earlier saying the plant would shut in January of subsequent yr.
FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young mentioned, “Keeping Pleasants in operation … permits the plant to satisfy present capability obligations and offers extra time for analysis of the long-term plan for the station previous to deactivation.”
The plant is operated by Allegheny Energy Supply (AES), a FirstEnergy subsidiary. Pushing again the time limit permits Pleasants Power to stay in operation till the switch of the power from AES to FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) is full. The switch is a part of FirstEnergy’s chapter settlement settlement with FES and the FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), Young mentioned.
FirstEnergy in February of this yr mentioned it will shut the 1.Three-GW Pleasants Power Station by January 1, 2019. The firm has been struggling steep losses in aggressive markets. It introduced a plan in November 2016 to exit aggressive technology and develop into a completely regulated firm.
FES in late August notified PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission group (RTO), of its plans to deactivate 4 extra fossil-fuel producing crops in 2021 and 2022. The firm in an August 29 information launch mentioned it “is closing the crops as a consequence of a market atmosphere that fails to adequately compensate mills for the resiliency and fuel-security attributes that the crops present.”
The 4 extra energy crops to be deactivated are:
- Eastlake 6, Eastlake, Ohio (24 MW, coal), June 1, 2021.
- Bruce Mansfield Units 1–Three, Shippingport, Pennsylvania (2,490 MW, coal), June 1, 2021.
- H. Sammis Diesel, Stratton, Ohio (13 MW, diesel oil), June 1, 2021.
- H. Sammis Units 5–7, Stratton, Ohio (1,490 MW, coal), June 1, 2022.
FirstEnergy in April 2018 mentioned it had an settlement in precept to switch possession of Pleasants Power Station, which started working in 1979, to collectors within the chapter of FES and its subsidiaries, and FENOC. The settlement was accepted by the chapter courtroom in late September. The settlement settlement was supposed to totally launch FirstEnergy and associated events from all claims, Young mentioned.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday mentioned, “While the plant will stay operational till June 2022, at present’s announcement will present a cushion for First Energy Solutions to stabilize the operation. I’m hopeful that over the following three and a half years a everlasting repair for the long-term operation of the power might be reached in order that it stays a significant a part of America’s energy grid.” Justice in a press release mentioned, “I’ve labored arduous with President Trump, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones and plenty of legislators and county commissioners to verify this plant stays open.”
The plant employs 160 staff. “I’m inspired that the women and men who work at this plant might be there producing energy for our nation for many years to come back,” Justice added.
FirstEnergy for greater than a yr tried to discover a purchaser for the Pleasants Power Station earlier than the February announcement that it will shut the power.
—Darrell Proctor is a POWER affiliate editor (@DarrellProctor1, @POWERmagazine).
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