US utility FirstEnergy will close three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia due to the recently finalised US Environmental Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).
The facilities have a combined capacity of 660MW and represent around three per cent of the company’s generating portfolio. They will be retired before 1 September this year.
James Haney, president of West Virginia Operations for FirstEnergy, said, ‘The high cost to implement MATS and other environmental rules is the reason these Mon Power plants are being retired.’
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