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Thursday, September 12, 2002

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FirstEnergy powers down unit
FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) has decided to close Unit 4 of its Edgewater Plant, which is located in Lorain County.

FirstEnergy said most of the plant's 17 employees will have the chance to relocate to other parts of the company. FirstEnergy will continue to operate the Edgewater Plant's two, 24-megawatt combusion turbines remotely from its nearby West Lorain Plant.

Donald Schneider, VP of fossil operations for FirstEnergy, said the decision to close the unit was consistent with the company's strategy of focusing on larger plants and newer, more efficient peaking units. The boiler of Unit 4 was fired by natural gas and was used mainly when customer demand was highest.


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