FirstEnergy Solutions Files Deactivation Notice for Three Competitive Nuclear Generating Plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania

FirstEnergy Solutions has filed official notification with PJM Interconnection that the company intends to shut down three nuclear plants in 2020 and 2021.

The plants include the 908-MW Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio; the 1,872-MW Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania; and the 1,268-MW Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio.

FirstEnergy said the company is seeking “legislative policy solutions as an alternative to deactivation or sale.”

“The decision to deactivate these facilities is very difficult and in no way a reflection on the dedicated, hard-working employees who operate the plants safely and reliably or on the local communities and union leaders who have advocated passionately on their behalf,” said Don Moul, president of FES Generation Companies and chief nuclear officer. “Though the plants have taken aggressive measures to cut costs, the market challenges facing these units are beyond their control.

Separately, FirstEnergy said in a statement that it wants U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to order PJM Interconnection to come up with new contracts that compensate the owners of coal and nuclear plants “for the full benefits (those units) provide to energy markets.”

“PJM has demonstrated little urgency to remedy this problem any time soon – so immediate action by the Secretary is needed to alleviate the present emergency,” FirstEnergy Solutions President Donald Schneider said.