SUPPORTING CLEAN ENERGY OPTIONS
FirstEnergy is taking many steps to prepare for a reduced carbon world, and each state where we operate presents a different path toward the clean energy future. Though regulatory decisions may limit our ability to develop renewable generation, we recognize that our customers expect more sustainable energy options and are exploring ways to meet that demand across our service territory.
Four of the five states in which FirstEnergy principally operates (Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland) are deregulated states that prohibit utilities from owning generation. This includes renewable sources such as solar and wind as well as energy storage when storage is defined as a generation asset. Working within the bounds of state laws and regulations, we are continually looking for and acting on opportunities to build or support clean energy.
We want to empower our customers with solutions that meet their energy needs and reduce the region’s carbon footprint. Working within the bounds of state laws and regulations, we are continually looking for and acting on opportunities to build the clean energy future we all envision.
Advancing FirstEnergy’s goal to own at least 50 MW of solar generation in West Virginia by 2025 is a key step toward executing our Climate Strategy and building a sustainable energy future. In December 2023, Mon Power completed work on the Fort Martin solar site. The site is the first of five planned solar sites Mon Power and its sister company Potomac Edison have planned to help bolster and diversify the region’s energy mix.
Nearly 50,000 solar panels are now generating renewable energy at the approximately 80-acre Fort Martin site, which can produce up to 18.9 megawatts (MW) of solar energy per hour. One MW of solar energy powers a national average of 173 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Ultimately, the companies’ five sites are expected to collectively generate up to 50 megawatts of renewable energy. In August 2023, the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the companies’ request to construct the Fort Martin solar site and two others in Rivesville, Marion County (5.5 MW), and Marlowe, Berkeley County (5.7 MW). Construction of the sites is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.
The companies plan to seek final approval from the PSC later this year to build the additional two solar sites in Davis, Tucker County (11.5 MW), and Weirton, Hancock County (8.4 MW) once customers subscribe to the energy they will produce. The companies expect to complete construction of the final two sites by the end of 2025.
SUPPORTING THE GLOBAL ENERGY TRANSITION
Jersey Central Power & Light Connects Solar Project in Mount Olive to Electric Grid: Largest landfill solar project in North America now delivering clean energy.
JCP&L has completed a grid connection for a 19.8-megawatt solar project located at a former landfill property in Mount Olive, New Jersey, that is now delivering clean energy through FirstEnergy's transmission lines.
In October 2022, the New Jersey Board of Public Uiltites selected JCP&L, in a joint proposal with Mid-Atlantic Offshore Development, LLC, to build new and upgrade existing transmission infrastructure to connect clean energy generated by New Jersey’s offshore wind farms to the power grid. The nearly $723 million investment minimizes environmental and community impacts by using existing rights of way and avoiding greenfield development. Construction is expected to begin 2025, with completion targeted by 2030, supporting New Jersey’s goal of introducing 7,500 MW of offshore wind-generated electricity by 2035.
Battery Energy Storage
In Maryland, Potomac Edison is implementing two battery energy storage projects in response to the state's Energy Storage Pilot Program, which was established in 2019 to examine new technologies that could have a transformative impact on electric distribution systems. The program required all investor-owned electric utilities to submit at least two energy storage proposals to the Maryland Public Service Commission for consideration.
- In December 2022, we became the first utility to complete a project under Maryland’s program, pairing battery energy storage with two new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations and one Level 2 charging station in Frederick County. Because fast-charging stations create significant demand on electric grids, the bundling of the storage system with fast chargers will allow Potomac Edison to study how energy storage can help minimize the impact of such demand spikes on its network.
- The second project, a 1.75-megawatt battery energy storage project planned for Allegany County, will provide back-up power to more than 1,000 customers during outages, enhancing service reliability in an area west of the town of Hancock. That project is expected to be in service in early 2024.