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The Wall Street Journal: Ohio Utility seeks Trump’s help for its struggling nuclear and coal-fired plants

WASHINGTON—Power company FirstEnergy Corp. is asking the Trump administration to intervene to keep struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants running across the Midwest, escalating a fight over which fuels power the nation’s electric grid.

The move puts the issue in the hands of a president and energy secretary who have promised to help the region’s energy industry, especially its struggling coal mines that have closed by the dozens in recent years. Earlier this year, government energy regulators rejected a similar request from the Energy Department.

First Energy FE, -1.10% delivered the new request just hours after the company announced Wednesday evening its plans to close three nuclear-power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania by 2021 if it can’t sell them.

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