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A Coal Company CEO wants to Buy First Energy Solutions' Coal-Fired Power Plants

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Murray Energy is considering coal-fired plants from First Energy Solutions

First Energy's Sammis coal-fired power plant
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W.H. Sammis Power Plant

The head of one of the nation’s biggest coal companies says he can keep First Energy Solutions' coal-fired power plants from shutting down.

Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray tells Bloomberg news that if government subsidies are granted he can get financing to buy the coal plants targeted for closing.  And with his company providing the coal, he says he can keep them running. 

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Sandy Buchanan is executive director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

Sandy Buchanan, who heads the non-profit Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis in Cleveland says current research suggests otherwise. “Given the market conditions, and given that the only presumable fix is a short-term political fix under one administration…you know…lenders don’t look a couple of years, they look at the long term markets.  And all the long-term market trends are completely in the opposite direction.”

First Energy Solutions has filed for bankruptcy and said it will get out of the competitive energy production business and close its nuclear and coal-fired plants.