PJM is an industry-run cartel. How else can companies like FirstEnergy continue to play the same game over and over and get away with it? According to PJM's rules, a generator must only give 90 days notice that it will close. Can PJM build a replacement generator or make necessary transmission upgrades in 90 days? Of course not. Did this rule ever make any sense, or was it specifically set up to be gamed in this fashion and produce unearned profit for PJM utilities? The only way you can prevent being gamed this way is to build your own generator by installing solar or another renewable resource on your home or business.
FirstEnergy's decision to close these plants, followed by a subsequent decision to keep them open indefinitely isn't fair to its workers either. Closing the plants on short notice without providing a transition plan for the employees is bad enough, but now FirstEnergy prolongs their agony by dragging it out. Maybe the company should use this reprieve to help their employees find or train for new jobs, but they won't. FirstEnergy simply doesn't care. Will FirstEnergy share its RMR windfall with these displaced workers to ease their transition to new jobs? Of course not, that extra money goes in Tony's pocket! Workers are expendable to companies like FirstEnergy.
The only thing missing from this round of the FirstEnergy Plant Closure game so far is an artificial generation shortage that drives up capacity prices in the region. Shall we expect that to happen at the next auction?
How does this keep happening? PJM and its silly rules and "markets" don't save you any money.