Skip to comments.3 Coal-Powered W. V. Plants to Shut Down
Posted on 09/04/2012 5:03:18 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia will soon stop generating electricity.
The last day of power generation for FirstEnergy Corp.'s plants in Albright, Rivesville and Willow Island was scheduled for Saturday.
FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said the plants would be deactivated by the end of the day.
Officials say some workers likely will remain on the job for a short period. They will deactivate the plants and take care of permits and environmental regulations. The plants employ a total 210 workers.
FirstEnergy also plans to close six coal-fired operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Ohio-based utility attributes the closures to new federal environmental regulations aimed at reducing emissions of mercury and other toxic pollution.
Some people just never get it. He is cruising toward reelection too. Manchin votes for Harry Reid as Senate majority leader and supports him on key votes. Then Manchin turns around and grumbles about how horrible Washington is to his constituents, and shoots a bullet through the Obamacare regulations, and everyone thinks he’s some independent. Manchin votes for Harry Reid to be in charge of the Senate. That’s all you need to know to understand how badly Manchin is screwing up our economy. All the ads in the world with him with a rifle don’t change that.
They ought to be feeling a little betrayed about now.
As long as they replace them on the grid with natural gas ones. I’m not holding my breath.
People are fools for not seeing the hypocrisy.
The Volt isn’t selling very good these days. In fact they just stopped the assembly lines because of it.
Electric cars are not green because of the need to produce the energy someplace, somehow.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has supported Obamas campaign since it began.
The claims you are hearing from the McCain-Palin campaign are misleading and untrue, Rockefeller said in a news release. Barack Obama has been very clear with me and with you on his plan for clean coal and its the most aggressive plan in support of clean coal weve seen from any presidential candidate.
The idea that the McCain-Palin campaign is alleging the day before the election that Barack Obamas commitment to coal is anything but solid is absolutely ridiculous, he added.
This is exactly the kind of deceptive politicking voters are fed up with.
I wonder what Rockefeller has to say now.
Oh he’s got an agenda alright. He’s been on the global warming alarmist bandwagon for years. The problem is that now his own home country has abandoned the charade and gone back to coal. Germans always think everyone else is stupid and this time is no exception.
In November I’ll remember, and thank, Joe Manchin and BO as I pull the lever!
First Energy is my new power company. When I moved here my monthly bill was under $100. This month I get the privilege of paying them more than $500! BO’s desire to bankrupt the coal industry is coming to fruition! But I, and you, will be the causalities.
You’d think those guys would eventually learn to take their shill assignments somewhere other than the lion’s den . . .
“Gas is cheap and it makes the most sense right now.”
Yes, but is gas picking up the slack fast enough ?
I always make a point of heeding scientific advice from people who can’t spell words like “toxic” and “mercury”.
ALL of the above. We need to produce as much DOMESTIC energy as fast as we can. COAL included.
The interesting thing about the stated reasoning behind these closuress is that the mercury regs don’t go into effect until 2015.
Nope. Case in point - TVA, a federally-owned power company, completed construction on a 700+ megawatt combined-cycle gas-fired plant right next to the John Sevier coal-fired power plant. The plan was to retire the coal-fired plant (also around 700-750 megawatts) after the new gas plant was commissioned.
Well, guess what - the gas fired plant was commissioned and placed in service, and they still kept the coal-fired plant in service all summer long. Why? Because the power was needed.
Frankly, I think that the best thing utilities can do is de-commission these coal plants and replace them with rolling blackouts, particularly in blue areas where the environazis tend to congregate. Nothing teaches a lesson better then getting your own oxe gored by your own actions based on your own false beliefs.
You know, a little knowledge can lead you in the wrong direction. Go do some research and when you can quantify how much pollutants that the ElectroStatic Precipitators and Flue Gas De-sulphurization (scrubber) actually removes in relation to cost/benefits and cross check that against how much global air pollution is increased for every US coal plant that is shut down due to other energy sources. We do an excellent job at removing pollutants. Most of our air borne mercury comes from China.
Right on. WV needs to elect a GOP conservative to replace the money bags liberal Rockefeller and to replace Manchin who will vote Reid for Senate leader even if he does vote conservative on a few issues.
“It is well established that coal releases mecury which is a toxix nerve agent, into the atmosphere. Sulphur Dioxide does exactly make life easy for farmers either. Gas is cheap and it makes the most sense right now. Time for WV to move on.”
Spoken like a left-wing nutcase ignorant of the facts.
“I wonder what Rockefeller has to say now.”
Are we going to see this stuff in TV ads? It is so irritating to continually see these obongo TV ads and never see a GOP ad. I am in FL and just do not understand the lack of TV ads at this point.
You’re the one with the big mouth, why don’t tell us exactly how much Mercury and Sulphur Dioxide is released by these coal plants that are being shut down. I don’t want some left-wing kook web site reference, I want the actual measured amounts from those plants. Go ahead, liberal, we’ll wait.
Learn about degree of risk. It is well-established that the dumpy car you drive around in releases carbon monoxide, a deadly poison. Time for you to move on and get a bike?