Regulated Generation Establishes Sustainability Teams
January 15, 2020
Sustainable operations aren’t new to the company’s regulated generation stations, but sustainability teams are. In support of FirstEnergy’s commitment to minimizing waste and decreasing its environmental impact, sustainability team members will meet on a regular basis to determine what steps might be taken to further improve sustainability at their respective facility.
“The teams give employees the ability to set goals based on the specific needs of each plant and its community,” said Harrison Tech Services Manager Ed Murphy, who sponsors the plant’s team.
Some projects being discussed at Harrison include hazardous waste minimization, recycling and the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles.
Sustainability projects are moving ahead at the Eastlake Plant, which now operates as a synchronous condenser after years of generating power from fossil fuels. An electric car charger already has been installed in the parking lot at the facility. Workers are in the process of implementing LED lighting throughout the plant. The facility has planted clover over the area of the former coal pile to support pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.
Employees have begun recycling plant batteries, and plans are being developed to recycle paper, cardboard and aluminum cans, reduce the use of aerosol products, and introduce centralized garbage collection. There is also a plan to reduce the number of permitted environmental discharge points.
The sustainability team at the Yards Creek Generating Station is looking into developing access to a portion of the water reservoirs at Yards Creek to allow the local fire department to fill its tanker trucks.
Employees at the Fort Martin Power Station are also continually looking for opportunities to decrease its environmental impact, according to Jon Argabrite, plant maintenance manager. “Our plants have a long history of partnering with the community, reducing waste and increasing beneficial re-use of materials,” Jon said. “We recognize that we have an important responsibility to not only provide energy to our communities, but to improve their livability, and create a sustainable future for all of us.”