Grid operator opposes FirstEnergy plant closings in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 14, 2013 9:37 AM
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(Masontown) -- A grid operator that distributes electricity to Pennsylvania and 12 other states wants FirstEnergy Corporation to delay closing two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Valley Forge-based PJM Interconnection says the electrical grid's reliability could be compromised if the plants shut down October 9.

FirstEnergy wants to close the plants because it would cost too much to add equipment to meet looming federal air quality standards. About 380 employees will be idled when the Hatfield's Ferry Power Station in Masontown and the Mitchell Power Station in Courtney close.

FirstEnergy says it's discussing the issue with PJM, but still plans to close down the plants.

If FirstEnergy keeps the plants open, the Akron, Ohio company will be compensated by a transmission charge PJM will collect from its customers at a rate set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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