FES Files Deactivation Notice for Fossil Plants
August 30, 2018
FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) notified PJM Interconnection on Aug. 29 of its plans to deactivate four fossil-fueled generating plants on the following schedule:
- Bruce Mansfield Units 1-3 –June 1, 2021
- Eastlake 6 – June 1, 2021
- W.H. Sammis Diesel –June 1, 2021
- W. H. Sammis Units 5-7 –June 1, 2022
“This was a very difficult decision,” said Don Moul, president, FES Generation Companies and chief nuclear officer. “Like the nuclear plant deactivations we announced in March, this stems from a market environment that fails to adequately compensate us for the important resiliency and fuel-security benefit that these plants provide to the regional grid.”
“This decision comes despite the efforts of our dedicated and hardworking employees and the strong support we have received from the local communities and our union leaders,” Don added. FES also filed requests Wednesday for exemption from PJM’s “must offer” rules on behalf of both the fossil and nuclear plants. PJM members are required to make their plants’ capacity available to the grid in annual capacity auctions unless granted an exception. The auctions are held to secure capacity three years in advance. FES is seeking an exemption from auctions covering the 2022-23 delivery year and beyond.
Don noted that deactivation decisions could be reversed or postponed depending on the timing of any federal policy measures under consideration that would support at-risk fossil and nuclear generating facilities considered vital to grid security and reliability.
Because the fossil deactivation schedule is 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 years away, the four plants will operate normally in the interim.
This notification follows a similar announcement earlier this year to deactivate FENOC’s nuclear generating units at Davis-Besse (by May 31, 2020), Beaver Valley (Unit 1 by May 31, 2021, and Unit 2 by Oct. 31, 2021) and Perry (by May 31, 2021).