FirstEnergy works on options for Hatfield coal plant in Pennsylvania

A FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) spokesperson said that a number of options are being looked at for generating capacity at the site of the retired Hatfield (also known as Hatfield’s Ferry) coal plant in Pennsylvania.

A PJM Interconnection market report issued May 12 by Monitoring Analytics LLC, the Independent Market Monitor for PJM, said in a passage buried deep in the report: “A significant shift in the distribution of unit types within the PJM footprint continues to develop as natural gas fired units enter the queue and steam units retire. While 56,560.08 MW of gas fired capacity are in the queue, there are only 1,957.0 MW of coal fired steam capacity in the queue. The only new coal project currently in the queue is the new Hatfield unit, with 1,710 MW of capacity. This project, which entered the queue in October 2014 and is already under construction, is intended to replace three coal units retired in October 2013 at the same location.”

FirstEnergy spokersperson Jennifer Young said in a May 16 e-mail in response to an inquiry from Generation Hub: “FirstEnergy is continuing to work on a project examining the possibility of future generation at the Hatfield’s Ferry site considering several potential fuel sources, including coal, co-firing or gas. Though the project is actively moving forward, it’s too soon to speculate what future operation of the plant might entail. Assessment of potential future generating scenarios is underway, but physical construction has not yet begun.”

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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.