Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. did say it's still willing to work with lawmakers in both states to find a way to keep the nuclear plants open. But so far, leaders in both states have been unwilling to offer a financial rescue.
The announcement, made late Wednesday, says the company plans to close its Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo in 2020.
FirstEnergy's Perry plant near Cleveland and its Beaver Valley operation in Pennsylvania would then close in 2021.
The three plants combined employ about 2,300 people.
Around the U.S., nuclear plants have been hammered by the natural gas boom and unable to compete with the lower prices.