After retiring coal, FirstEnergy files with PJM for new generation study
PJM is a regional transmission organization that plans and operates transmission in the region
Akron, Ohio, March 8, 2012 — FirstEnergy Generation Corp., a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., has filed an application for a feasibility study with PJM Interconnection to install and interconnect to the transmission system about 800 MW of new combustion turbine peaking generation at its existing Eastlake Plant in Eastlake, Ohio, to help ensure reliable electric service in the region.
On January 26, 2012, FirstEnergy announced that its competitive generation subsidiaries will retire six older coal-fired power plants, including the Eastlake Plant, located in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland as a result of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and other environmental regulations. The plant retirements are subject to review by PJM for possible reliability impacts.
A preliminary PJM analysis identified reliability impacts as a result of the plants being retired. Installing four new natural gas/oil-fired combustion turbines at the Eastlake Plant is one of several options the company is discussing with PJM to address the reliability issues.
While the interconnection application is the first step, if this option is ultimately implemented, it is anticipated that the turbines would be in service by the spring of 2015 when the MATS regulations take effect.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise the nation's largest investor-owned electric system. Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of nearly 23,000 MW.