FirstEnergy Corp. plans to close three more coal-fired power plants

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Corp, which last month said it was closing six coal-fired power plants in three states, announced today that its Monongahela Power Co. subsidiary will retire three more such plants in West Virginia by Sept. 1.

As it did with the prior announcement, Akron-based FirstEnergy said the decision to close the plants is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which recently were finalized, and other environmental regulations.

‘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 Monongahela Power and president of West Virginia operations for FirstEnergy, in a statement.

The three West Virginia plants to be closed — Albright Power Station, Willow Island Power Station and Rivesville Power Station — have a total of 105 employees. Some of those workers will be considered for open positions at other FirstEnergy operations.”

— Scott Suttell, Crain’s Cleveland Business

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