Doomed Eastlake coal units transferred to FirstEnergy transmission subsidiary

FirstEnergy Generation LLC and American Transmission Systems Inc., both of which are subsidiaries of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE), notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 1 that the coal-fired Eastlake Units 1-3 were sold to to ATSI on April 30, under the authority granted under a commission order issued on Dec. 20, 2012.

“The consummation of the sale of Eastlake Units 1-3 completes the transaction that the Commission approved in the December 20 Order,” said the notice. “The first part of the transaction (the sale of Eastlake Units 4 and 5) was consummated on January 31, 2013 with notice to the Commission provided on February 1, 2013. And, on February 26, 2014, the parties notified the Commission that they would not be consummating the sale of Lakeshore Unit 18, located in Cleveland, Ohio, as originally contemplated in the application in this proceeding.”

FirstEnergy Generation (FE GenCo) and American Transmission Systems had in 2012 requested commission authorization of the transfer by FE GenCo to its affiliate, ATSI, of certain generation assets in order to facilitate their conversion to synchronous condensers, which would then support the ATSI transmission system. The transaction involved the transfer of the power islands and associated property and equipment for Eastlake Units 1-5, located in Eastlake, Ohio, and Lakeshore Unit 18.

These are part of a series of coal-fired shutdowns that parent FirstEnergy is in the process of executing due to clean-air compliance needs. Five coal-fired units in Ohio of FirstEnergy were deactivated in April, up until the issuance of an April 16 version of PJM Interconnection‘s unit deactivation list. The list, as usual, doesn’t actually identify the involved power plant owner, but it has been well known for months that FirstEnergy planned to deactivate these units around the time of the April 16 initial compliance deadline under the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The deactivated FirstEnergy units are:

  • Ashtabula Unit 5, 244 MW, deactivated on April 11;
  • Eastlake Unit 1, 132 MW, April 9;
  • Eastlake Unit 2, 132 MW, April 6;
  • Eastlake Unit 3, 132 MW, April 10; and
  • Lake Shore 18, 245 MW, April 13.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.