Longview Power and Mepco add significantly to the regional economies of Morgantown, West Virginia and the surrounding Northern Appalachian region. The companies employ over 600 people, with a total payroll and benefits of over $72 million per year, and provide competitive salaries and benefits. The typical skilled position pays an average of $60,000 a year, over 15% above the national average and over 55% above West Virginia’s average.
Longview Power and Mepco collectively contribute about $8 million in annual taxes and PILOT payments as of 2015. They also use locally sourced coal and limestone, and purchase over $105 million per year in goods and services from local and regional vendors, providing substantial support for the local economy.
Longview Power and Mepco continuously strive to be good corporate neighbors and responsible stewards of the environment. Mepco is actively involved in two community advisory panels in Granville, West Virginia, and Bobtown, Pennsylvania.
Additionally, efforts are ongoing to keep our community clean by participating in the “Adopt a Highway” litter removal program and various other roadside and property clean up projects.
Mepco and its affiliate AMD Reclamation, Inc. constructed and operate an acid mine drainage treatment system that saved Dunkard Creek, a major tributary of the Monongahela River in southwestern Pennsylvania from an impending catastrophic breakout of acid mine discharge from an abandoned mine. Mepco has committed to expand this system to treat additional acid mine discharges to Dunkard Creek to enhance the aquatic life in the stream. Mepco’s ongoing efforts will result in enhanced fishing and other recreational activities for the local community.
Morgantown, West Virginia is ranked as one of the best small cities in the country. It is home to West Virginia University, providing an abundance of college sports, restaurants, nightlife and cultural activities. The Northern Appalachian region also provides significant outdoor opportunities including hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting and swimming. In addition, it is only an hour’s drive to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home to Steelers football, Pirates baseball, and Penguins hockey.
Longview is the future of coal: very clean, low-cost, and highly reliable. The plant’s best-in-class heat rate demonstrates what is achievable inside the fence for CO2 emissions avoidance and provides affordable and reliable electricity right now, in today’s world. Longview demonstrates what modern, clean coal-fired plant design and operation can be with full environmental compliance.