Cumberland Times-News

November 2, 2013

W.Va., Va., Pa. hydro plants being put up for sale


Associated Press

— MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Eleven hydroelectric power plants in West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania are on the market, including the last commercial plant in the U.S. to use rope-driven turbines.

The plants are owned by subsidiaries of FirstEnergy. Combined, they generate 527 megawatts of power.

Stephanie Walton, a spokeswoman for FirstEnergy, told The Journal the plants generate about “3 percent of our output.”

FirstEnergy’s application to sell the plants was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 4.

The rope-driven assembly is at Allegheny Energy’s Dam No. 4 on the Potomac River near Scrabble, a locality in Berkeley County.

Among the other plants for sale are: three on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania; one on the Cheat River in West Virginia; and four in Virginia on the Shenandoah River.