In June, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), an unregulated subsidiary of Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp., asked a federal bankruptcy court for permission to terminate a long-term coal supply contract representing millions of tons of steam coal with McElroy Coal Co., owned by Murray Energy Corp. of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

In the filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, FES cited a January 10 fire at its 2,490-megawatt (MW) Bruce Mansfield power plant at Shippingport, Pennsylvania, that resulted in a sharply reduced need for coal.
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