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PA Utilities Seek Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
FirstEnergy Corp
Date: 2019-01-23
In the Keystone State, FirstEnergy Corp subsidiaries Pennsylvania Power Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Metropolitan Edison Company, are reportedly seeking the purchase 120,500 Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period. Suppliers will enter into a separate deal and provide the credits in tranches of 500 per year.

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,; First Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Solar,  Solar Energy Credit,  Brattle Group,  FirstEnergy Corp.,  Solar,  

FirstEnergy Scuttling Ohio, Penna. Coal Power Plants (Ind. Report)
FirstEnergy Solutions
Date: 2018-08-31
In the Buckeye State, Akron-headquartered FirstEnergy Solutions reports it is shuttering its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as its remaining four coal plants by 2022. The three Ohio plants are on the Ohio River in Stratton. Its last Pennsylvania coal plant is in Shippingport. The closures are subject to PJM review.

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.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Energy,  Coal,  Coal-Fired Power,  

FirstEnergy Unloading W.Va Coal-Fired Power Plant (Ind. Report)
FirstEnergy,PJM Interconnection
Date: 2018-02-23
Akron, Ohio-headquartered FirstEnergy reports it will sell or close its 1,300 MW coal-fired Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia next year. To that end, FirstEnergy subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply has advised PJM Interconnection it plans to "deactivate" the plant. The grid operator must review the potential reliability impacts of closing the plant.

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; PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media),

More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy,  Coal,  PJM Interconnection,  

Ohio Power Sector Leads in Cutting Carbon Output (Ind. Report)
FirstEnergy Corp,US EIA
Date: 2018-01-08
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website is reporting that Ohio's electric power sector, the state's main source of carbon pollution, cut its carbon pollution from a peak of 132.6 million metric tons in 2005 to 82.6 million metric tons in 2015, while its western neighbor, Indiana trimmed its annual carbon output by 34.9 million metric tons over the same 10-year period.

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,; First Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Carbon Emissions,  FirstEnergy Corp,  

Top NJ Utilities Deliver Poor Energy Efficiency Savings, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
ACEEE,Jersey Central Power & Ligh
Date: 2017-06-21
In evaluating 51 of the nation's largest electric utilities on their delivery of energy efficiency services the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated two New Jersey utilities -- Jersey Central Power & Light and Public Service Electric & Gas -- near the bottom of the heap at 41st and 42nd respectively.

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,; Jersey Central Power & Light,; Public Service Electric & Gas, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  Jersey Central Power & Light,  Public Service Electric & Gas ,  

FirstEnergy Units Offer Residential Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Mon Power, Potomac Edison
Date: 2017-02-22
FirstEnergy Corp.'s Mon Power and Potomac Edison units are reporting the launch of a new Residential Energy Efficiency Program that expands upon previous offerings available only to businesses and qualifying low-income customers.

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,; Mon Power,; Potomac Edison John Dargie, VP Energy Efficiency, (800) 686-0011,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Potomac Edison,  Mon Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

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