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FirstEnergy Scraps 2030 Climate Goal in Rare Embrace of Coal



February 11, 2024 - FirstEnergy Corp. abandoned its 2030 target for slashing greenhouse-gas emissions because coal plants can’t be replaced in time, marking a major about-face in the movement to protect the climate.

Utilities across the US have announced a slew of carbon-reduction goals in recent years in response to regulatory pressure to clean up power-generation fleets and meet green investor goals. Most utilities, however, are failing to make significant progress toward long-term carbon-neutrality targets, the Sierra Club found in an October report.

FirstEnergy can’t meaningfully cut emissions because the coal-fired Fort Martin and Harrison power plants in West Virginia are crucial.