FirstEnergy to Close Two Coal-Fired Plants in Pennsylvania

The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, October 30, 2009. In cooperation with AEP, the French company Alstom unveiled the world's largest carbon capture facility at a coal plant, so called 'clean coal,' which will store around 100,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide a year 2,1 kilometers (7,200 feet) underground.
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Clare Foran
Oct. 4, 2013, 10:06 a.m.

FirstEn­ergy, a power com­pany based in Ak­ron, Ohio, will shut­ter two coal-fired plants in Pennsylvania next week, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

James Lash, pres­id­ent of FirstEn­ergy, said the loom­ing threat of gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions to lim­it car­bon emis­sions from ex­ist­ing power plants played a role in the de­cision to close the plants, as did lowered con­sumer de­mand and a weak mar­ket for elec­tri­city.

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