October 10, 2018
American Electric Power (AEP) confirmed Tuesday in an email that the company has decided to close down its 1,590 MW Conesville coal generation facility in Ohio by May 31, 2020, two years ahead of schedule. The utility considered recent power auction results as well as the costs to continue operating the plant, determining it was not economically viable. Units 5 and 6 were originally slated to close down in 2022, but the company now says market conditions could lead to their mothballing as early as May 2019. Unit 4 will run through May 2020, at which point the plant will be shuttered.