The Brattle Group will launch an RfP for the purchase of SPAECs this month.
Applications are due by February 5, 2019, and bids due by February 27, 2019. Deliveries of SPAECs are expected this year.
(Source: FirstEnergy, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2019)
Contact: The Brattle Group, (202 955-5050, (415) 217-1000, www.brattle.com; First Energy, www.firstenergy.com
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According to U.S. Energy Information Agency data, the closures will leave about two dozen coal-fired plants operational in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Source: FirstEnergy Solutions, PR, The Virginian Pilot, AP, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: First Energy Solutions, Donald Moul, Pres., www.fes.com, www.firstenergy.com
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Another FirstEnergy subsidiary Mon Power in West Virginia, had proposed acquiring the plant but the deal was rejected by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and opposed by West Virginia regulators.
(Source: FirstEnergy,Feb.21, 2018)
Contact: FirstEnergy, Charles Jones, CEO, President
www.firstenergy.com; PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media), www.pjm.com
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Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. played a major role in the reduction. While it has continued to operate its two nuclear plants that don't emit any meaningful carbon, the company closed several coal-fired power plants in Ohio and boosted its use of renewable energy.
The decline is attributed to the advent of cheap shale gas which has caused new natural gas power plants to come online in Ohio and nearby states that sell their power into Ohio on a shared electric power grid. That's all while companies like FirstEnergy have shuttered coal plants that can't compete economically with natural gas-fired plants.
In 2005, approximately 88 pct of Ohio's electric power was coal generated. Today it is closer to 50 pct, according the the EIA.
Over 60 generation units at about 20 coal-fired plants have been closed down in Ohio since 2010.
(Source: US EIA, Crain's Cleveland Business, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov; First Energy, www.firstenergy.com
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The ACEEE report examined energy efficiency programs undertaken in the utility's service territory under the oversight of state regulatory authorities, but excluded a company's individual programs.
The ACEEE rated Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts at the other end of the spectrum. Both utilities saved their customers more than 3 pct of their total retail sales, while PSE&G and JCP&L save customers 0.52 pct and 0.47 pct of retail sales.
The high-ranking Massachusetts utilities have the most diverse energy-efficiency programs and technologies such as smart thermostats. The top-ranked utilities also invested a higher percentage of their total revenue in energy efficiency programs, according to the report.
(Source: ACEEE, NJSpotlight, 19 June, 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org; Jersey Central Power & Light, www.firstenergycorp.com; Public Service Electric & Gas, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000, www.pseg.com
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The program includes: information about energy efficiency and a variety of energy-efficient items such as energy-efficient light bulbs, faucet aerators, furnace whistles, and others that can be easily installed in the home; an online energy audit that can help lower home energy usage and costs; and energy efficient lighting purchase and rebate information.
In addition to the new Residential Energy Efficiency Program, Mon Power and Potomac Edison will continue to offer a low-income program that provides home energy check-up audits and energy-saving home improvements to qualified customers. (Source: Potomac Edison, Mon Power, Powergrid Int'l., 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: First Energy, www.firstenergy.com;
Mon Power, www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/mon_power.html; Potomac Edison
John Dargie, VP Energy Efficiency, (800) 686-0011, https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/potomac_edison.html
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