Three Coal Power Plants ClosingSo you know, the only alternative Barack Obama has proposed to the closing of coal-fired power plants is ... nothing. Though he has suggested that skyrocketing heating bills will be good for us just the same.
By Chris Lawrence, West Virginia Metro News
Ohio based FirstEnergy Corporation announces it will close three coal fired power plants in West Virginia by this fall. The closings come directly from the impact of new federal EPA regulations.
The plants to close are Albright Power Station, Willow Island Power Station, and the Rivesville Power Station. The company says 105 employees will be directly impacted.
The three plants produce 660 megawatts and about 3-percent of FirstEnergy's total generation. In recent years, the plants served as "peaking facilities" and generated power during times of peak demand for power.
The plants operated under subsidiary Monongahela Power. Mon Power recently finished a study of unscrubbed coal fired plants in the system to determine the potential impact of the most recent environmental regulations from EPA. Company officials determined the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) made it unfeasible to retrofit or continue operating the three plants. [link]
Expect the West Virginia delegation to the Democrats' national convention in September to give him a standing ovation when he shows up to collect his accolades and renomination.
Like lambs being led to slaughter, how mindlessly blissful they'll be ...