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FirstEnergy provides reliable energy in 2015

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FirstEnergy Corp. looks back on 2015 and reports its generation fleet provided customers with safe, reliable, clean and affordable energy in 2015, producing more than 88.9 million MWh of electricity at its nuclear, coal, natural gas, oil, wind and hydro facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Virginia and Illinois.

"Our power plants produced the reliable electricity that powers our customers and communities in 2015, and we remain focused on delivering strong, dependable plant operations and enhancing our environmental performance for the future," commented Jim Lash, president, FirstEnergy Generation.

FirstEnergy's generation fleet was well-positioned for reliable service throughout periods of extreme weather in 2015. When a new peak electricity demand record was set in February 2015, the company's fossil generating stations operated at more than 90% equivalent availability factor, a measure that reflects the amount of time a generating unit is available to produce electricity.

Additionally, the company made progress installing emissions reduction equipment at its coal-fired plants to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulation. The Bay Shore and Sammis plants in Ohio and Pleasants and Harrison plants in West Virginia fully meet MATS regulations, and MATS projects will be completed at Fort Martin in West Virginia and Bruce Mansfield in Pennsylvania by April 2016. The company also closed its older, less efficient Lake Shore, Eastlake and Ashtabula coal-fired plants in Northeast Ohio in April 2015.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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