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PJM: FirstEnergy coal plant closures no threat to reliability

Platts:

Retirement of FirstEnergy Solutions’ 4,004 MW of coal and diesel generating units in Ohio and Pennsylvania by June 2021 and June 2022 will not adversely impact reliability, PJM Interconnection said Monday in revealing the results of a new study.

PJM completed its 30-day reliability analysis of the units Friday, according to an emailed statement. While the report is not public, it will be discussed at an October 11 Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee meeting and the presentation slides will be posted to the grid operator’s website October 8, spokesman Jeff Shields confirmed in an email Monday.

“The planned deactivations can proceed as scheduled without compromising reliability in the PJM transmission grid, according to the study,” the statement said. “Any potential reliability impacts will be addressed by a combination of already planned baseline transmission upgrades and the completion of new baseline upgrades.”

Akron, Ohio-based FES, formerly a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, has said it will continue normal operations at the facilities until the announced retirement dates. FES announced the power-plant retirements in an August 29 statement.

FES plans to close its largest coal-fired facility, Bruce Mansfield Units 1-3, with a combined capacity of 2,490 MW, on June 1, 2021. The largest coal-fired plant in Pennsylvania, the facility is in Shippingport, on the state’s western border with Ohio.

The 2,233 MW W.H. Sammis facility, which has seven coal-fired units and five oil-fired peaking units, is 25 miles southwest in Stratton, Ohio, on the Ohio River. It is FES’ largest coal-fired plant in Ohio. FES said it will deactivate Units 5-7, with a combined coal-fired capacity of 1,490 MW, on June 1, 2022, and one 13 MW diesel oil unit on June 1, 2021. In the northern part of Ohio near Cleveland is Eastlake 6, a 24 MW coal-fired unit that FES has said it will deactivate on June 1, 2021.

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