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FirstEnergy, citing regulations, to retire six coal-fired power plants
elp.com ^ | 1/26/12

Posted on 01/26/2012 11:02:11 AM PST by EBH

Akron, Ohio, January 26, 2012 — FirstEnergy Corp. generation subsidiaries will retire six older coal-fired power plants located in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland by September 1, 2012.

The decision to close the power plants is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which were recently finalized, and other environmental regulations.

The total capacity of the competitive plants that will be retired is 2,689 MW. Recently, these plants served mostly as peaking or intermediate facilities, generating, on average, about 10 percent of the electricity produced by the company over the past three years.

The following plants will be retired: Bay Shore Plant, Units 2-4, Oregon, Ohio; Eastlake Plant, Eastlake, Ohio; Ashtabula Plant, Ashtabula, Ohio; Lake Shore Plant, Cleveland, Ohio; Armstrong Power Station, Adrian, Pa.; and R. Paul Smith Power Station, Williamsport, Md.

In total, 529 employees will be directly affected. Existing severance benefits will apply to eligible, affected employees. However, the final number of affected employees could be less as some are considered for open positions at other FirstEnergy facilities and work locations, and eligible employees take advantage of a retirement benefit being offered to those 55 years and older.

The plant retirements are subject to review for reliability impacts, if any, by PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization that controls the area where they are located.

FirstEnergy is finalizing MATS compliance plans for its remaining coal-fired units. Since the Clean Air Act became law in 1970, FirstEnergy and its predecessor companies have invested more than $10 billion in environmental protection efforts.

Since 1990, FirstEnergy has reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides by more than 76 percent, sulfur dioxide by more than 86 percent and mercury by about 56 percent. When the six coal-fired plants are removed from FirstEnergy's competitive generating fleet, more than 96 percent of the power provided will come from resources that are non- or low-emitting, including nuclear, hydro, pumped-storage hydro, natural gas and scrubbed coal units.

FirstEnergy has a total generating capacity of nearly 23,000 MW.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coalfiredplants; coalplants; firstenergy; neo; ohio; pennsylvania
Thank you 0bama!!!

OK...need to just get off the grid...and not by supporting some green energy initiative!

1 posted on 01/26/2012 11:02:14 AM PST by EBH
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ping!

Eastlake, Ashtabula plants to close!


2 posted on 01/26/2012 11:03:13 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH; All

And you WONDER why railcar loadings dropped off the cliff after the first of the year?

If not for FRACKING SAND, the numbers would be far, FAR worse right now.


3 posted on 01/26/2012 11:04:07 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: EBH

Lake Shore Plant, Cleveland, Ohio

isn’t that the one Kucinich fought to save so many years ago?


4 posted on 01/26/2012 11:04:39 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH
Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland?

Good.....F 'em! Hope it isn't below freezing when you go out to vote for Hope and Change 06 NOV 2012!

5 posted on 01/26/2012 11:11:47 AM PST by DCBryan1 (Id rather have a man who wrecked his marriage as POTUS than a man who wrecked his country!)
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To: EBH
“if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” - Barack Obama January 2008

Obama and his people have been planning and executing this strategy for years now. It is to destroy the American economy and to turn our country into a backward, third world dictatorship.

6 posted on 01/26/2012 11:12:51 AM PST by detective
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To: EBH

Well, Obama has kept one 2008 campaign promise. He said he’d make it too expensive to run coal-fired electric plants. May all the nuts that voted for him have their electricity cut off and freeze this winter.


7 posted on 01/26/2012 11:16:10 AM PST by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: EBH

You probably won’t notice these closing since they are likely peak operating plants. You WILL notice when it’s really really hot or really really cold and you either have brownouts and your bill goes sky high, as it necessarily must.


8 posted on 01/26/2012 11:17:32 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: EBH

“need to just get off the grid”

In Northern Ohio? No Sun, little wind. Now if I could generate electricity with rain, I might have a chance!


9 posted on 01/26/2012 11:19:23 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: DCBryan1

“Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland?”

It is not just Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/08/latest-epa-move-will-shut-down-8-of-us-power-generation-like-wiping-out-all-power-in-florida-mississippi/


10 posted on 01/26/2012 11:21:45 AM PST by detective
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To: EBH

Well this rag head president is fulfilling at least one campaign promise that being to make energy prices skyrocket.

It is a twofer for this feral maggot feces of a president as he can help in the collapse of the USA by cutting off our energy supply and simultaneously making sure he rag head brethren get more money for their oil.


11 posted on 01/26/2012 11:23:33 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: EBH
2,689 MW

For those who are curious, this exceeds 1.21 Gigawatts.


12 posted on 01/26/2012 11:24:46 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

You can do it with wood and organic material if you have a gasifier...


13 posted on 01/26/2012 11:26:02 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: EBH

How many unanswered megawatts is this that are no longer being produced?


14 posted on 01/26/2012 11:28:25 AM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I know, this is 3 plants in NEO. I wonder if Kasich can do anything with this or about this? This is crazy!

LAKE ERIE ALTERNATIVE POWER>

The corporation proposes a joint venture between the bordering states and the federal government to locally construct one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world,

Vs.

Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse Covered In Ice

I don't think that windfarm in the lake is going to keep us warm at night...

15 posted on 01/26/2012 11:31:21 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

I’m sure you understand as well as anyone here that the goal is not “clean” or “alternative” energy,

the goal is

NO

energy.... at least for the likes of us.


16 posted on 01/26/2012 11:39:21 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: EBH

Anybody want to let them know there is no such thing as manmade Global Warming?

Pray for AMerica


17 posted on 01/26/2012 11:56:55 AM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: EBH
Look for rolling blackouts in the Ohio area come the first prolonged hot weather this summer. The situation will be similar to Texas last February. In Texas few peak generating plants were offline for maintenance during a cold snap...which also idled many of the state's windmills. The result of the increased demand due to the cold was days of rolling blackouts. The same thing very nearly happened in Texas in February 2008, but that time the peak generators were able to get online and rolling blackouts were narrowly avoided.

Perhaps voters will take notice of Obama's failed energy policies after spending the summer sweltering in their darkened homes and workplaces and watching the price of gasoline push over $4'gallon

18 posted on 01/26/2012 11:57:13 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: EBH
As Ricky Ricardo put it in "I Love Lucy," 'Splain me one 'splain."

They are planning to shut down perfectly good coal-fired generators. Coal fired generators have a huge amount of equipment just to get the coal into the burners and handle the ash and the pollutants. If you can't run a coal-fired operation, all that coal/ash handling equipment is junk. Write it off as a loss, fine.

But what would it actually cost to pipe in cheap natural gas and convert the boilers to run on that? Seems like you could actually save money by doing the conversion, now that natural gas is a glut on the market . . .

19 posted on 01/26/2012 12:18:46 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Hundreds protest fracking outside Statehouse
http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/news/article/5146188

There will be no natural gas glut in Ohio.


20 posted on 01/26/2012 12:23:11 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

The libs would rather see undependable, wasteful projects like the LEAP windfarm:

http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/wasteful_wind_power


21 posted on 01/26/2012 12:39:27 PM PST by mak5
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To: Free Vulcan

Has FE built any simple or combined cycle Gas Turbine plants lately? Those are perfect swing/peaker plants. And there is a big source of gas nearby in PA.


22 posted on 01/26/2012 12:41:29 PM PST by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: mak5

I beat you to it at #15!


23 posted on 01/26/2012 12:41:29 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: nuke rocketeer

Don’t know. Most utils are going that way and thankfully we got enough gas for the ages. Only downside is forcing them to build new plants will result in rate increases.


24 posted on 01/26/2012 12:50:57 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Free Vulcan

My son will still be alive when all the “glut” natural gas is used up, at TODAY’S rate of usage - let alone when everyone starts using it for everything.

The only things that will give us enough energy for the ages - millions and millions of years - are uranium and thorium.


25 posted on 01/26/2012 12:59:54 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
FirstEnergy explained that it would not be cost-effective to upgrade any of the plants to meet new EPA regulations. One of the Ohio plants is over a hundred years old.

The real question is why they would not replace the lost generation capacity with a new clean coal or NG plant. It is possible they don't need the excess capacity in low growth NE Ohio.

26 posted on 01/26/2012 2:00:15 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
The real question is why they would not replace the lost generation capacity with a new clean coal or NG plant. It is possible they don't need the excess capacity in low growth NE Ohio.

Obviously, they believe they can purchase power from other generators more cheaply than they can replace the capacity. And who would want to make a major capital investment commitment so long as Obama is in power?

They might also be crossing their fingers and hoping that the next administration pulls the EPA's fangs.

27 posted on 01/26/2012 2:37:59 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: EBH; ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; ...
Special thanks to EBH for the ping.

Ohio Ping!

To be added to the Ohio Ping List, please freepmail (works best),
both LasVegasDave and Flutters.

28 posted on 01/26/2012 4:38:38 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave
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To: EBH

Ashtabula. So sad. Nothing left there.


29 posted on 01/26/2012 4:50:31 PM PST by bonfire
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To: EBH
Hundreds protest fracking outside Statehouse http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/news/article/5146188
There will be no natural gas glut in Ohio.
Ohio may not participate in adding supply into the glut, but that doesn't mean that gas is likely to be significantly more expensive in Ohio than in places which do allow shale gas production. Assuming that pipeline capacity is adequate.

30 posted on 01/26/2012 5:39:48 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: TSgt
How many unanswered megawatts is this that are no longer being produced?

The total capacity of the competitive plants that will be retired is 2,689 MW

This is the equivalent of two large, modern, base load nuclear power plants.

Which will of course never be approved under a Democratic administration; particularly this one.

31 posted on 01/27/2012 6:52:53 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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