PJM: Closure of two FirstEnergy coal-fired plants will not affect grid reliability

Edison Electric Institute EEI transmission investments $15.1 billion

PJM has told FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) it will be able to retire 2,080 MW of coal-fired power generation without affecting grid reliability, according to a report from the Observer-Reporter in Pennsylvania.

PJM said in August FirstEnergy may not be able to shut the Hatfield’s Ferry and Mitchell power plants because of reliability concerns, but further review on the issue indicated there was a very limited need to keep the plants open, according to the report.

Although the retirement of the units will affect the transmission system, the loss of the capacity can be handled by an upgrade to PJM’s transmission system.

The two coal-fired plants represent about 10 percent of FirstEnergy’s total generating capacity, but would represent about 30 percent of the $925 million it will cost FirstEnergy to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard rule set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A spokesman for FirstEnergy told the Observer-Reporter the company plans to close the two plants Oct. 9 and has no intention of reopening the plants at a later date.

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