PUC Chief Questions Western Pa. Power Plant Closures

Law360, Philadelphia (September 13, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT) -- The top regulator for public utilities in Pennsylvania voiced concerns Friday about FirstEnergy Corp.’s plans to shutter two coal-fired power plants in the southwestern part of the state, saying he worried the move could compromise the provision of electricity in the region.

Public Utilities Commission Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified to the state’s Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee that the closure of the Hatfield’s Ferry and Mitchell coal plants might diminish the overall reliability of the grid and raise costs for consumers.

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