AEP to retire 585 MW coal-fired unit in Ohio

AEP to retire Unit 5 Muskingum River coal-fired power plant Ohio 2015

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) said it will retire the 585 MW Unit 5 at the Muskingum River coal-fired power plant in Ohio by 2015.

AEP reached an agreement in February to either retire Unit 5 or refuel it with natural gas. Due to costs of retrofitting with emissions controls, AEP opted for retirement. The utility will record a non-operating, pre-tax impairment charge for the unit of approximately $150 million to $170 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Units 1 through 4 at the plant were previously scheduled for retirement in 2015. Approximately 95 workers at the plant will be able to apply for jobs at other AEP facilities or will receive a severance.

The last unit at the Muskingum River plant now brings AEP’s total coal-fired generation retirement to 3,123 MW.

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