Who we are
The Longview Power plant is a 700 net megawatt electric power generating facility located in Maidsville, West Virginia, close to Morgantown. The Longview Power plant produces enough electricity to continuously power more than 500,000 homes. Longview’s mission is to produce clean, economic, and reliable power in an environmentally sustainable manner using low cost, locally mined coal.
The Longview Power plant is the newest, cleanest, most efficient coal-fired power plant in the 13-state PJM Interconnection and one of the most efficient in the United States, producing 700 net megawatts of electric power. Longview’s best-in-class heat rate of 8,842 Btu/kwh far surpasses that of most other coal-fired power plants in the country. Longview’s advanced supercritical boiler, low cost fuel source and other project efficiencies combine to produce the lowest cost of dispatch (delivery of electricity) of any coal-fired plant in the region.
Longview Power is a clean coal facility with best-in-class air pollution control systems that result in much lower emissions than its permit limits, which are among the lowest in the nation for coal plants. In addition, Longview emits significantly less CO2 than most other coal plants because of its high energy conversion efficiency.
The plant is fully integrated with Mepco, LLC, its source of fuel, and is designed to utilize run-of-mine coal, avoiding the added cost and environmental impacts of fuel preparation. Mepco transports coal from its underground mines to Longview by a 4.5-mile conveyor that minimizes transportation costs and avoids the significant environmental and local impacts from trucking coal or rail delivery.
The Longview Power project cost about $2.0 billion –the largest private investment in West Virginia’s history. The plant commenced operations in 2011, but construction defects and major changes in the power markets lead to the Company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2013. In early 2015, the Company reached a comprehensive settlement of all construction claims, with two of its major contractors agreeing to remediate plant defects at their own expense. As a result, Longview Power emerged from bankruptcy in April 2015 with the full remediation of the plant underway with new ownership lead by private equity firms KKR, Centerbridge and Ascribe. The plant remediation was fully completed in November 2015.
Longview and Mepco together provide high-paying jobs to over 600 employees and appreciably support the local and regional economies in northern West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. Longview and Mepco are dedicated to maintaining the health and safety of their employees, and consistently outperform national industry safety standards. Longview and Mepco strive to be good corporate neighbors and responsible stewards of the environment and stand behind their core values and mission, which include commitments to produce electricity reliably, economically and on an environmentally sustainable basis.
Mepco, LLC and its affiliates are located in Morgantown, West Virginia. In business for over 50 years, Mepco currently operates two underground mines and one surface mine. Mepco’s mines in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia supply coal to Longview Power and other plants.