FirstEnergy idles western Pennsylvania coal plant, citing prices

The plant, in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, has been idled since late February

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) – FirstEnergy Corp. has idled a coal burning power plant in western Pennsylvania due to falling electricity prices and increasing competition spawned by cheap natural gas.

FirstEnergy spokeswoman Stephanie Walton says the 340 workers at the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant have continued working since the plant was idled late last month. They’re performing maintenance at the plant.

Herman Marshman Jr., a 32-year employee who heads the plant’s union, says there’s no shortage of maintenance work, “We’re just not making any electricity.”

He says the last time the plant completely shut down all three of its power units was in 1999, and that wasn’t for an extended period of time.

Walton says the plant has a history of shutting down individual power units at the plant in response to market forces.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s