Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bruce Mansfield Coal-Fired Plant to Close in 2021

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bruce Mansfield Coal-Fired Plant to Close in 2021

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FirstEnergy Solutions has set a date for the closure of the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Shippingport - June 2021.

The bankrupt firm, a subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., is shuttering all of its nuclear and fossil fuel plants in the next few years, including the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant about a mile away from Bruce Mansfield.

FirstEnergy says the plants can't survive without government intervention to make them profitable.

As it has done before, the company issued a statement on Wednesday blaming a "market that fails to adequately compensate generators for the resiliency and fuel-security attributes that the plants provide."

The wording is calibrated to FirstEnergy's efforts to secure subsidies for these plants, which are out of money in large part because cheaper natural gas has generally supplanted coal as the dominant fuel for electricity generation. …

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