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Utility asks Perry to save coal, nuclear plants

Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Photo by Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON, DC — “FirstEnergy Corp. is seeking a declaration under section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act that certain coal and nuclear plants cannot close and that an electric grid operator pay plant operators enough to recover their costs.

The order would apply to the PJM Interconnection, the nonprofit grid operator for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, West Virginia and parts of North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

The petition came after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January rejected Perry’s request to bail out coal and nuclear plants in all competitive electricity markets, a proposal for which FirstEnergy was a vocal supporter.”

— Timothy Cama, The Hill

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