FirstEnergy Shuttering 1.3 GW Coal-Fired Plant In West Virginia

The 1,300-MW Pleasants Power Station took another step forward to retirement, as PJM Interconnection approved the closure of the coal-fired plant.

FirstEnergy announced the closure last month, as Pleasants has not been able to stay competitive with low natural gas prices and newer coal plants, West Virginia Public Broadcasting reported. The company is open to selling the plant to an entity that would keep it running, but FERC rejected a bid to sell the plant to the company’s subsidiaries Mon Power and Potomac Edison for $195 million.

PJM officials said there are no reliability issues involved in closing the plant by January 1.