Energy Harbor pledges to become carbon-free energy producer by 2023

April 6, 2022, 12:00PMNuclear News
Energy Harbor’s Perry nuclear power plant, in Perry, Ohio. The company says its nuclear units are “critical infrastructure required for the U.S. clean energy transition.”

Energy Harbor—owner and operator of the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse, and Perry nuclear power plants—recently announced its plan to become a carbon-free energy infrastructure and supply firm in 2023. Energy Harbor is based in Akron, Ohio.

The transition plan, according to a company press release, includes exiting the fossil-fuel business next year through the sale or deactivation of the W.H. Sammis Power Station in Stratton, Ohio, and the Pleasants Power Station in Willow Island, W.Va. Energy Harbor is also currently working to divest other non–core, ancillary properties related to its fossil business.

Deactivation notices have been filed with PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization, for Sammis Diesel Units SAA, B1–B4 (12.5 MW, diesel oil); Sammis Units 5–7 (1,694 MW, coal); and Pleasants Units 1 and 2 (1,368 MW, coal).

The units, representing 3,074.5 MW of generating capacity, are scheduled to continue normal operations until June 2023. The deactivations are subject to PJM’s review for reliability impacts.

What they’re saying: “Over the past two years, it has been made abundantly clear to us that our customers, communities, and capital markets partners recognize the value of partnering with Energy Harbor as we help transform clean energy supply,” said John Judge, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “The carbon-free, reliable baseload power generated by our nuclear units is recognized as critical infrastructure required for the U.S. clean energy transition. With our exit from fossil generation ownership, we will be uniquely positioned as one of the few 100 percent carbon-free energy infrastructure and supply companies in the U.S.”

David Hamilton, Energy Harbor’s executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief nuclear officer, said, “Retiring the fossil-fueled plants is a difficult but necessary strategic business decision critical to the continued transformation of our company.”

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