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FirstEnergy Corp. says it expects to deactivate two coal-fired power plants located in Pennsylvania by Oct. 9. In total, about 380 plant employees and generation-related positions are expected to be affected.

According to the company, the decision is based on the cost of compliance with current and future environmental regulations in conjunction with the continued low market price for electricity.

The plants scheduled to be deactivated are Hatfield's Ferry Power Station in Masontown, Pa., and Mitchell Power Station in Courtney, Pa. FirstEnergy says the total capacity of these plants is 2.08 GW - representing approximately 10% of the company's total generating capacity, but about 30% of the estimated $925 million cost to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

Following the deactivation of the power stations, FirstEnergy's fleet will be composed of 56% coal, 22% nuclear, 13% renewables and 9% gas/oil, and will have a generating capacity of more than 18 GW.

The plant deactivations are subject to review for reliability impacts by regional transmission operator PJM Interconnection.





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