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FirstEnergy to shut 3 nuclear plants

FirstEnergy Corp. said March 28 that its financially troubled FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. subsidiary will shut all three of its nuclear plants operating in the PJM Interconnection market in the next three years.

The plant deactivations will be subject to review by PJM, the regional grid operator, for any impacts to reliability. If approved, FirstEnergy said it will shut its 908-MW Davis-Besse plant in Ottawa County, Ohio, in 2020, and the 1,268-MW Perry plant in Lake County, Ohio, and 1,872-MW Beaver Valley plant in Beaver County, Pa., in 2021.

"Though the plants have taken aggressive measures to cut costs, the market challenges facing these units are beyond our control," Don Moul, president of FES Generation Companies and FirstEnergy's chief nuclear officer, said in a statement. He pleaded for legislators in Ohio and Pennsylvania to approve policy solutions to more fully recognize the contribution the three plants make to grid reliability and emissions reduction efforts.