Skip to comments.Thanks Baracků 3 West Virginia Coal Plants to Close
Posted on 02/11/2012 12:26:16 PM PST by Hojczyk
Three West Virginia coal plants just announced they will close this year. Metro News reported:
Ohio based FirstEnergy Corporation announces it will close three coal fired power plants in West Virginia by this fall. The closings come directly from the impact of new federal EPA regulations.
The plants to close are Albright Power Station, Willow Island Power Station, and the Rivesville Power Station. The company says 105 employees will be directly impacted.
The three plants produce 660 megawatts and about 3-percent of FirstEnergys total generation. In recent years, the plants served as peaking facilities and generated power during times of peak demand for power.
The plants operated under subsidiary Monongahela Power. Mon Power recently finished a study of unscrubbed coal fired plants in the system to determine the potential impact of the most recent environmental regulations from EPA. Company officials determined the EPAs Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) made it unfeasible to retrofit or continue operating the three plants.
The high cost to implement MATS and other environmental rules is the reason these Mon Power plants are being retired, said James R. Haney, regional president of Mon Power and president of West Virginia Operations for FirstEnergy.
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Now if the Republicans can run a candidate with a political BRAIN against Munchkin, perhaps we can win this seat once and for all.
This is Munchkin’s president - we need to tie Obama AROUND HIS NECK.
Didn’t West Virginia vote for Obama? Didn’t he tell them the coal plants were on his hit list?
Americans are running out of coal powered energy plants and should be running out of patience with Obama.
Another terror attack against the US economy in the guise of environmental protection.
No, WV did not vote for Obama in 2008 and won’t vote for him in 2012: http://theblackberryalarmclock.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/2008-electoral-college-results1-1.gif
He promised in his 2008 campaign to close all the coal mines. Of course, the mine union’s UMWA site home page endorsed him. Boggles the mind.
That’s right - rip out all the coal plants in the East and hydropower dams in the West. Fund failed solar operations and windmills that go idle as they are too inefficient and costly to operate. (Ingnore the fact that dam removal dumps a century of polluted sediment on top of salmon streams and wind mills kill birds of prey along the Pacific flyway.)
Anybody else getting a true picture of the Administration’s “green” energy agenda? I think it has more to do with breaking the middle class through its pocket book than anything else.
Yes, and wasn’t the mine explosion where there had been proteators wonderfully timed?
The Games Obama Plays.
Hmmmm. The US Middle Class as a Soviet Union-style bankruptcy: simply spending into the ground, as Reagan did the USSR.
This will get ugly.
I hear banjo music.
I don’t claim to be an expert on power grids, but 660 megawatts sounds like a lot of juice to be missing during peak demand times. Especially so when summertime rolls around...
Heckuva job there, Barry. Heckuva job.
Ppl keep saying Please stop destroying our country. Please stop. And O just laughs and goes to his next plan. Please stop Pres. O. And why aren’t our pleas working? Don’t your hear us.
Look what you are doing to us. I’m sure you don’t realize you are hurting us. Please stop. LOL We need a warrior or General to save us now. Gingrich
Three coal-powered plants in exchange for Solyndra, Ener1, EnerDel and, of course, Volt.
Its all a part of Obama’s strategy. Step by step he is methodically destroying and dismantling America.
Combine this with the his keystone agenda. Its about starving America’s industry, commerce, personal consumption and discretionary abilities.
Try floating a war without energy! Simple defense will be difficult. Actually, now that he has reduced the military less fuel will be required..... as we suffer. What a genius!
FirstEnergy closing 6 coal-fired power plants
The new standards are designed to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants. An Associated Press survey found that the changes were likely to bring the mothballing of dozens of units in the Midwest and in the coal belt Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.
The Obama administration was under court order to issue a new rule, after a court threw out an attempt by the Bush administration to exempt power plants from controls for toxic air pollution.
FirstEnergy said its decision would directly affect 529 employees. Some of them could end up transferring to other FirstEnergy facilities and work sites, while others could take advantage of a retirement benefit being offered to employees 55 years and older, the company said.
File this under “News You Won’t Be Seeing On MSNBC/NBC/NPR”
That file is getting pretty damn big now.
Dozens of Coal Plants are shutting down due to to EPA regs and compliance costs. Dozens and dozens of coal mines are laying off thousands of workers, many union.
Railcar loadings are WAY down, and even that is being hidden by soaring loadings for the evil, lib-hated fracking sand.
The United Mine Workers voted for Economic Suicide for supporting Obama, and that needs to be driven like a spike in to the heads of coal state residents in PA, WVA, Montana, Colorado, the Carolinas, and KY.
The UMWA must be run by suits. Not Coal Miners.