FirstEnergy to close Bay Shore Power Plant

Citing costs and difficulties in complying with environmental regulations, FirstEnergy Corp. announced Thursday that they will close the Bay Shore Plant, units two through four located on Bay Shore Dr. in Oregon.

It is expected that 80 people will be affected by the plant's closing.

"We recently completed a comprehensive review of our coal fired generating plants and determined that additional investments to implement MATS [Mercury and Air Toxic Standards] and other environmental rules would make these older plants even less likely to be dispatched under market rules," said James H. Lash, president of First Energy Generation and chief nuclear officer. "As a result, it was necessary to retire the plants rather than continue operations."

The Bay Shore plant is a coal fired power plant that generates electricity for FirstEnergy.

FirstEnergy will also shutter coal fired plants in Eastlake, Ohio, Ashtabula, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio, Adrian, Penn., and Williamsport, Maryland.

Approximately 150 people work at the Oregon plant. FirstEnergy will keep unit one open at the plant and the 70 remaining employees will continue to operate that facility, according to a company spokesman.

A total of 529 FirstEnergy employees will be affected. Some may be offered the opportunity to work at other FirstEnergy facilities.

FirstEnergy expects to have the plants closed by September 1, 2012.