FirstEnergy Completes Closure of West Virginia Ash Landfill Following Profitable Helpful Reuse Initiative

Berkeley County property to be repurposed for brand new West Virginia photo voltaic program

FAIRMONT, W.Va., Aug. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Corp. (┬áNYSE: FE) has accomplished the closure of an ash landfill for the previous R. Paul Smith Energy Station in Berkeley County, West Virginia, efficiently paving the way in which to repurpose the 26-acre property for a deliberate utility-scale photo voltaic facility.

Allegheny Vitality Provide Firm, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, lately acquired approval from the West Virginia Division of Environmental Safety to finish environmental monitoring on the landfill after completely closing the ability by eradicating all regulated supplies. The landfill’s closure was the conclusion of a profitable 20-year effort to beneficially reuse the plant’s ash byproduct in cement manufacturing. FirstEnergy harvested 3.1 million tons of ash that was offered to 2 main cement producers to gas their cement kilns.

Situated throughout the Potomac River from the R. Paul Smith property in Maryland, the Berkeley County website is one among 5 places the place Mon Energy, one among FirstEnergy’s two electrical firms in West Virginia, plans to construct a photo voltaic facility as a part of a brand new West Virginia photo voltaic program.

“The reclamation and closure of this former landfill has generated a optimistic financial impression for our firm, and because the future residence for one among our photo voltaic initiatives in West Virginia, it symbolizes our efforts to construct a brighter and extra sustainable future for the communities we serve,” stated Mark Vindivich, a supervisor in FirstEnergy’s environmental division who oversaw the venture.

The corporate started working with the state on a plan to shut the landfill in 2015, three years after closure of the R. Paul Smith Energy Station. Actions included eradicating infrastructure similar to piping and engineered liner whereas decommissioning two dams on the property. In June 2022, FirstEnergy’s request to finish environmental monitoring underneath the stable waste allow was accredited by the West Virginia Division of Environmental Safety, marking the primary time an organization has earned this sort of approval in West Virginia.

Mon Energy intends to construct a six-megawatt photo voltaic facility on the 26-acre website as a part of a plan to assemble 5 utility-scale photo voltaic amenities, totaling 50 megawatts of renewable era, to assist make West Virginia extra engaging for enterprise improvement. Mon Energy and Potomac Edison are presently accepting West Virginia buyer subscriptions to buy energy from these amenities via photo voltaic renewable vitality credit (SRECs). To study extra or subscribe to the photo voltaic program, go to, or name 1-800-505-7283 to enroll by cellphone.

Mon Energy serves about 395,000 clients in 34 West Virginia counties. Observe Mon Energy at, on Twitter @MonPowerWV, and on Fb at

Potomac Edison serves about 275,000 clients in seven counties in Maryland and 151,000 clients within the Jap Panhandle of West Virginia. Observe Potomac Edison at, on Twitter @PotomacEdison, and on Fb at

FirstEnergy is devoted to integrity, security, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electrical distribution firms kind one of many nation’s largest investor-owned electrical techniques, serving clients in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The corporate’s transmission subsidiaries function roughly 24,000 miles of transmission traces that join the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic areas. Observe FirstEnergy on-line at and on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

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