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2017-01-13 / Energy Updates

Mon Power issues requests for proposals

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) – Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary, issued two requests for proposals (RFP).

The first RFP seeks 1,300 MWs of generation capacity and up to 100 MWs of demand-response resources, which are temporary reductions of electrical usage by customers. The second solicits bids for a possible sale of Mon Power’s ownership interest in the Bath County Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Generating Station located in Warm Springs, Virginia.

Mon Power has engaged a consultant to assist in the preparation, administration and evaluation of the RFPs. Proposals will be received and evaluated in early 2017. Additional details regarding the RFP for generation capacity, including contact information, can be found at

Information about bidding on Mon Power’s ownership interest of Bath can be found at

Updated energy usage forecasts show Mon Power will need additional capacity starting in 2017, with a steadily increasing shortfall expected to reach about 1,400 megawatts (MW) by 2027. Rapid growth of the expanding Marcellus shale gas industry is a primary driver of load growth in West Virginia. A capacity shortfall was identified in the company’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filed with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (WV PSC) in 2015.

Mon Power will seek regulatory approval from the WV PSC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) after a proposal or proposals are selected.

The sale of Mon Power’s ownership interest in the Bath facility is being considered because recent changes in the PJM capacity market will subsequently diminish the cost-effectiveness of using the facility to provide generation and capacity revenue to customers.

Capacity is the commitment of generation or other resources to be available to provide electricity, particularly when demand surges during extreme cold snaps or heat waves.

If Mon Power identifies an acceptable buyer for its Bath ownership interest, it would seek regulatory approvals as necessary to complete the sale.

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