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  • Met-Ed Announces Winners of "Merry & Bright" Photo Contest
    again participants in our Merry Bright Holiday Lights Photo Contest developed some of the most spectacular holiday scenes in eastern Pennsylvania said Elaine Vincent manager Community Involvement FirstEnergy Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our Facebook page to enter the contest and vote for their favorite display Customers were encouraged to submit photos of their homes outdoor lighting displays on the Met Ed Facebook page during the first several weeks of December Ten finalists were selected from all entries and visitors to Met Ed s Facebook page voted to select the winners Ohl and his family have been decorating their home during the holidays for 13 years adding something new each year The 2015 display included 40 000 lights along with penguins having a snowball fight ponds with ducks and jumping fish jumping gingerbread men a flying angel a mountain waterfall with deer and much more Each year the Ohl family hosts an open house in December for area families to see the lights and visit with Santa Santa hands out candy canes and the Ohl family supplies hot chocolate cookies Christmas music and a toasty fire to keep warm When the tradition began 13 years ago Santa handed out about 20 candy canes today he hands out more than 250 People come from all around to see Santa and the lights The most amazing part of the event is witnessing all the children grow up through the years Ohl said We would like to thank Met Ed for selecting our home as a finalist and for everyone who voted for us on Facebook First prize winner Gary Lerch Jr of Bath Pa received more than 360 votes on Facebook and will be awarded a 100 gift card Lerch s display included 38 000 LED and

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/met-ed-announces-winners-of--merry---bright--photo-contest-.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Penelec Announces Winners of "Merry & Bright" Photo Contest
    000 votes out of more than 2 600 total votes cast on Facebook She will receive a 250 gift card Once again participants in our Merry Bright Holiday Lights Photo Contest developed some of the most spectacular holiday scenes in Pennsylvania said Rosemary Spoljarick manager Community Involvement FirstEnergy Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our Facebook page to enter the contest and vote for their favorite display Customers were encouraged to submit photos of their homes outdoor lighting displays on the Penelec Facebook page during the first several weeks of December Ten finalists were selected from all entries and visitors to Penelec s Facebook page voted to select the winners The holidays are Medina s favorite time of year and she has been decorating her home for the last four years Her display included approximately 40 000 lights and incorporated themes such as The Christmas Story and The Virtual Grinch The display also featured a laser show and inflatable 8 foot bears on the porch Visitors could tune into a dedicated radio station to hear more than 50 holiday songs as they passed by Growing up we never had many houses decorated for Christmas so I always planned to do this when I had own my house Medina said I would like to thank Penelec for selecting our home as a finalist and for everyone that voted for us on Facebook Winning the contest made 2015 a wonderful year First prize winner Brian Rydbom of Coalport Pa received more than 620 votes on Facebook He will be awarded a 100 gift card Rydbom s 1 acre property displayed more than 48 500 lights with decorated sheds trees and garage blow up decorations a patriotic display gardens and a corral Next year he plans to create a

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/penelec-announces-winners-of--merry---bright--photo-contest-.html (2016-02-13)
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  • West Penn Power Announces Winners of "Merry & Bright" Photo Contest
    600 votes out of more than 5 000 total votes cast on Facebook They will receive a 250 gift card Our Merry Bright Holiday Lights Photo Contest showcases some of the most spectacular holiday scenes in Pennsylvania said Rosemary Spoljarick manager Community Involvement FirstEnergy At the same time the contest is a fun way to raise awareness of West Penn Power s social media presence and engage with customers Customers were encouraged to submit photos of their homes outdoor lighting displays on the West Penn Power Facebook page during the first several weeks of December Ten finalists were selected from all entries and visitors to West Penn Power s Facebook page voted to select the winners Lessick s family has been decorating for the holidays for more than 30 years A tradition started by his parents Lessick creates a display each year and says his family will continue to do so for a long time According to Lessick the display has grown a little each year The 2015 display featured dozens of different shapes including a Santa on the roof All of the hard work is worthwhile when you see smiles on the faces of the families who stop by each year as part of their Christmas tradition Lessick said We would like to thank West Penn Power for selecting our home as a finalist and for everyone who voted for us on Facebook First prize winner Jaydene Nelson of Scottdale Pa received 1 370 votes on Facebook and will be awarded a 100 gift card Nelson s display included more than 10 000 lights that covered two sides of her home The house was also outlined with lights in straight lines and icicle lights lined the roof and eves This past holiday season Nelson hand painted the Grinch and

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/west-penn-power-announces-winners-of--merry---bright--photo-cont.html (2016-02-13)
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  • FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Promotes David B. Hamilton to Site Vice President at Perry Nuclear Power Plant
    Frank Payne has been named general plant manager at Perry the position most recently held by Hamilton Payne is responsible for overseeing the Operations Radiation Protection Chemistry and Maintenance activities at the plant Under Ernie and David s leadership Perry has continued to strengthen its safe reliable operating record and made significant strides toward achieving top industry performance in all areas said FENOC President and Chief Nuclear Officer Samuel Belcher I am highly confident Perry will build on this momentum under David s continued guidance and further benefit from the skills and perspectives Frank brings to the management team With more than 23 years of experience in the nuclear power industry Hamilton came to FENOC in 2012 as director of Fleet Project Management He was promoted to director of Site Operations at Perry the position now known as general plant manager in July 2013 Prior to FENOC Hamilton served as director of Nuclear Safety Assurance at Entergy s Waterford Plant in Killona La He also has served as general manager of Plant Operations at Entergy s Palisades Plant in Covert Michigan and worked at Exelon s Limerick and Peach Bottom Generating Plants in Pennsylvania and Quad Cities Generating Station in Illinois Hamilton received a bachelor s degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State University and a master s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware He also holds a boiling water reactor senior reactor certification from the Limerick Generating Station in Limerick Pa Payne joins FENOC from Duke Energy where he was most recently the Work Control Manager at the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant in Southport NC He also has held Radiation Protection Planning Scheduling Work Control and Operations leadership positions at Exelon s Nine Mile Point Plant in New York A veteran of the United States Navy

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/firstenergy-nuclear-operating-company-promotes-david-b--hamilton.html (2016-02-13)
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  • FirstEnergy Receives Industry Recognition for Providing Mutual Assistance Crews to Neighboring Utilities
    than 108 000 Mon Power customers in West Virginia to lose power in early March of last year Overall a workforce of more than 2 000 people including nearly 900 linemen participated in the restoration effort which was the first time in the history of FirstEnergy that personnel from all ten of its utilities came together at one impacted company to restore service to customers The dedicated crews from FirstEnergy are truly deserving of this recognition for their tremendous efforts to restore service and lend assistance to neighboring utilities said EEI President Tom Kuhn FirstEnergy s restoration efforts and its assistance in the face of dangerous conditions are truly representative of our industry s unwavering commitment to customer service and mutual assistance Receiving this award is always an honor because it means in multiple emergency situations our employees demonstrated the skill and determination to go above and beyond when customers needed us the most said Steven Strah senior vice president of FirstEnergy and president of FirstEnergy Utilities What is most impressive is that the repairs were made with no accidents or injuries which is a testament to our employees commitment to safety EEI presents these awards twice a year to member companies to recognize extraordinary efforts to restore power or for assisting another utility company after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions and other natural events Winners are chosen by an independent panel of electric industry experts following an international nomination process The awards were presented January 5 2016 during EEI s CEO and Board of Directors meeting in Arizona Edison Electric Institute EEI is the association that represents all U S investor owned electric companies Members provide electricity for 220 million Americans operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and directly employ more than 500

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  • West Virginia Public Service Commission Approves Tree-Trimming and Fuel Settlements for Mon Power and Potomac Edison
    regulatory and operational goals in connection with our transmission investment plan including but not limited to our pending transmission rate case the proposed transmission asset transfer and the effectiveness of our repositioning strategy to reflect a more regulated business profile changes in assumptions regarding economic conditions within our territories assessment of the reliability of our transmission system or the availability of capital or other resources supporting identified transmission investment opportunities the impact of the regulatory process on the pending matters at the federal level and in the various states in which we do business including but not limited to matters related to rates and the Electric Security Plan IV in Ohio the impact of the federal regulatory process on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC regulated entities and transactions in particular FERC regulation of wholesale energy and capacity markets including PJM Interconnection L L C PJM markets and FERC jurisdictional wholesale transactions FERC regulation of cost of service rates including FERC Opinion No 531 s revised Return on Equity methodology for FERC jurisdictional wholesale generation and transmission utility service and FERC s compliance and enforcement activity including compliance and enforcement activity related to North American Electric Reliability Corporation s mandatory reliability standards the uncertainties of various cost recovery and cost allocation issues resulting from American Transmission Systems Incorporated s realignment into PJM economic or weather conditions affecting future sales and margins such as a polar vortex or other significant weather events and all associated regulatory events or actions changing energy capacity and commodity market prices including but not limited to coal natural gas and oil and their availability and impact on margins and asset valuations the continued ability of our regulated utilities to recover their costs costs being higher than anticipated and the success of our policies to control costs and to mitigate low energy capacity and market prices other legislative and regulatory changes and revised environmental requirements including but not limited to the effects of the United States Environmental Protection Agency s Clean Power Plan coal combustion residuals regulations Cross State Air Pollution Rule and Mercury and Air Toxics Standards programs including our estimated costs of compliance Clean Water Act waste water effluent limitations for power plants and Clean Water Act 316 b water intake regulation the uncertainty of the timing and amounts of the capital expenditures that may arise in connection with any litigation including New Source Review litigation or potential regulatory initiatives or rulemakings including that such initiatives or rulemakings could result in our decision to deactivate or idle certain generating units the uncertainties associated with the deactivation of certain older regulated and competitive fossil units including the impact on vendor commitments and as they relate to the reliability of the transmission grid the timing thereof the impact of other future changes to the operational status or availability of our generating units and any capacity performance charges associated with unit unavailability adverse regulatory or legal decisions and outcomes with respect to our nuclear operations including but not

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  • Holiday Lighting Safety Reminder from FirstEnergy
    hope everyone will enjoy this festive season while also remembering a few tips to help ensure the holidays remain safe Outdoor Lighting Safety Check all lights for frayed wires or areas where insulation has pulled away from plugs or sockets Discard and replace any damaged light strings Ensure that tacks or nails used to hold light strings do not pierce any insulation on wires or light sockets Use only extension cords that are approved for outdoor use These cords must meet rigorous safety standards that indoor cords may not meet Outdoor lights inflatables and other decorations should be plugged into outlets protected by ground fault interrupters Place outdoor lights on a timer or turn them off before you go to bed Indoor Lighting Safety Inspect all light strings and cords for any damage including frayed wires or insulation that has pulled away from light sockets or plugs Also check for chewing or scratching damage if you have pets in the house Discard and replace any damaged light strings Live trees should be kept well watered No more than three strings of standard indoor lights should be connected to any extension cord Make sure cords are placed where they won t be stepped on kinked or pose a tripping hazard Lights should not be permitted to touch drapes furniture or carpeting Lights should be turned off overnight and when no one is home Additional holiday safety information is available at https www firstenergycorp com help safety using electricity holiday decorating html For more details about keeping safe around electricity local groups can request a presentation through the FirstEnergy Speakers Bureau For more information contact speakersbureau firstenergycorp com FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety reliability and operational excellence Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation s

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  • West Penn Power Employees Worked More than One Year Without a Serious Injury
    99 year history An OSHA recordable injury is one that requires medical treatment beyond basic first aid Overall 375 line operations employees based at 16 service centers throughout the West Penn Power service area worked October 14 2014 through November 2015 without a recordable injury which represents a combined total of more than 800 000 hours of safe operations During the past year we achieved one of our top priorities as a company and that is to ensure our linemen and other operations personnel return home safely at the end of each day said David W McDonald regional president of West Penn Power This doesn t happen by chance It represents an ongoing commitment by our employees and leadership to work together to ensure the high risk jobs we do on a daily basis are done safely During the period when the safety milestone was achieved West Penn Power personnel restored power to more than 830 000 customers and connected service to 5 700 new customers To mark the safety milestone McDonald and his management team held regional safety celebration events at West Penn Power line shops in Arnold near New Kensington Boyce southern Allegheny County Butler Charleroi Clarion Jeanette Jefferson northern Greene County Kittanning Latrobe McConnellsburg Pleasant Valley near Connellsville St Marys State College Uniontown Washington and Waynesboro West Penn Power a FirstEnergy Corp NYSE FE subsidiary serves about 720 000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties Follow West Penn Power on Twitter W Penn Power and on Facebook at www facebook com WestPennPower FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety reliability and operational excellence Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation s largest investor owned electric systems serving customers in Ohio Pennsylvania New Jersey West Virginia Maryland and New York The company s transmission

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