MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Eleven hydroelectric power plants in West Virginia and Virginia are going up for sale.
Subsidiaries of FirstEnergy have applied to sell the power plants, including the Potomac Edison plants at Dam No. 4 and Dam No. 5 on the Potomac River and at Millville on the Shenandoah River.
A spokeswoman for FirstEnergy tells The Journal the planned sale is "purely a business decision." Spokeswoman Stephanie Walton says the plants represent 3 percent of FirstEnergy's output.
The 11 plants generate a total of 527 megawatts.
The hydro plants include Allegheny Energy's Dam No. 4 on the Potomac River near Scrabble. It is the last commercial power plant in the nation that uses rope-driven turbines.
The sale price for the hydro plants was not disclosed.