West Virginians For Energy Freedom will hold the first in a series of Community Conversations on March 21, 2017, in Clarksburg to discuss FirstEnergy Corp.’s transfer of its power plant to its subsidiaries, Mon Power and Potomac Edison.
The transfer filed March 7, 2017, with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia would force Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers to pay for the plant's costs for the next several decades. FirstEnergy’s similar transfer of ownership of the Harrison Power Plant in 2013 has cost Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers more than $160 million, so far. (Read IEEFA's report on FirstEnergy's re-regulation strategy.)
West Virginians For Energy Freedom’s first Community Conversation, hosted by North Central West Virginia Democracy For America, is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at The Gaston Caperton Center (Room 148), 501 W. Main St., Clarksburg, WV 26301. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
“FirstEnergy, the Ohio-based utility giant that owns Mon Power and Potomac Edison, wants to offload the obsolete, uncompetitive Pleasants power plant onto the shoulders of its Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers,” said Karan Ireland of West Virginians For Energy Freedom, a coalition formed to oppose FirstEnergy’s plan. “This would fatten FirstEnergy’s bottom line and guarantee a return on investment for its shareholders.
“We hope everyone from homeowners to business owners will attend to find out how this transfer will affect them,” said Ireland, who will lead the Community Conversation.
West Virginians for Energy Freedom will sponsor a series of public forums in Mon Power and Potomac Edison’s coverage area. The next Community Conversation is March 28 in Morgantown.