PJM Interconnection http://wesa.fm en Coal Alliance Calls For Hearing On Energy Issues http://wesa.fm/post/coal-alliance-calls-hearing-energy-issues <p>In response to frigid temperatures and increases in energy costs, the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance is calling for a hearing to examine recent power supply problems.</p><p>The alliance points to the closing of three Pennsylvania coal-fired power plants on Oct. 9, including the Mitchell plant in Courtney and the Hatfield Ferry plant in Masontown, as a potential reason for the state’s sudden energy issues.</p><p>PA Coal Alliance CEO John Pippy said the lack of coal energy has strained available electricity.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:37:50 +0000 Michael Lynch 23550 at http://wesa.fm Lawmakers Concerned About Power Plant Warning http://wesa.fm/post/lawmakers-concerned-about-power-plant-warning <p>When the Hatfield’s Ferry and Mitchell power plants were closed last fall, PJM officials assured customers and legislators that the power grid’s reliability would not be affected.</p><p>However, many southwestern Pennsylvania customers were asked to limit power consumption when temperatures reached a record low last week.</p><p>Now state Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Washington) and state Rep. Pam Snyder (D - Fayette) have written a letter to PJM officials and the Public Utility Commission expressing concern — and frustration — about the warnings.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:03:56 +0000 Jessica Nath 22830 at http://wesa.fm