FirstEnergy will close or sell Pleasants by Jan. 1, 2019
FirstEnergy Corp. announced Friday it will power down or sell its coal-fired, 1,300-megawatt, Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia, on Jan. 1, 2019, Kallanish Energy reports.
The plant de-activation by Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy’s Allegheny Energy Supply unit is subject to review by the PJM Interconnection, the regional electricity transmission organization, where Pleasants generated power is delivered.
The plant, at Willow Island, W. Va., supplies electricity to roughly 1.3 million homes.
Last March, another FirstEnergy subsidiary, Monongahela Power, filed a plan seeking regulatory approval to acquire the power plant. That plan was rejected last month by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Eleven months ago, the utility said the acquisition would have resolved a projected 10-year energy capacity shortage and reduce electric bills. The West Virginia Public Service Commission had approved the sale, subject to major conditions.