PJM greenlights FirstEnergy to deactivate coal plant units at Pleasants Power Station
PJM Interconnection reviewed FirstEnergy’s request to deactivate the Pleasants Power station and found no grid impacts, clearing the way for closure by Jan 1. 2019. The plant began operating in 1979. A spokesperson for the company told West Virginia Public Broadcasting that unless a buyer is found, the plant will continue to operate normally until the end of the year and then close.
Mon Power, a FirstEnergy subsidiary in West Virginia, had proposed acquiring the plant, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the deal, and West Virginia regulators attached enough conditions to kill the deal.
Mon Power, a FirstEnergy subsidiary in West Virginia, is facing a capacity shortfall that will approach 1 GW within the next 10 years, according to its integrated resource plan accepted by West Virginia regulators in 2016. The utility expects it will need 700 MW by 2020 and 850 MW by 2027, and had proposed acquiring Pleasants to meet the shortfall.