Citizens’ Group Learns About Harrison’s Impact
November 16, 2018
Members of the Harrison Power Station Community Advisory Panel (CAP) learned the tremendous impact the power station has on the local and state economy at their meeting on Nov. 7.
Eric Bowen of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business & Economic Research presented the findings of a study on the impact of FirstEnergy’s Mon Power stations in West Virginia, as well as recent and projected economic trending in the state. The study determined that Harrison’s operation has a positive economic impact of Approximately $1 billion in the state, including more than $40 million in state and local tax revenue. The power station supports more than 2,000 jobs in the state, with a total income compensation of $109 million.
“FirstEnergy’s power stations produce roughly one quarter of all the electricity produced in West Virginia,” said Eric. “These plants are important economic drivers in their respective regions, and in the state.”
Harrison Plant Director Gary Dinzeo reviewed Harrison’s recent safety and environmental performance and discussed improvements made to plant systems in the recent outage and upcoming projects planned. After the presentations, CAP members toured the Harrison control room and turbine deck.
The Harrison CAP is made up of a cross section of area residents, and includes representatives of business, education and government. The CAP meets on a regular basis with the goal of maintaining open communication between FirstEnergy and the local population.