FirstEnergy Nuclear Fleet Achieves Improved Safety Performance and Reliable Operating Record in 2012

 FirstEnergy Nuclear Fleet Achieves Improved Safety Performance and Reliable
                           Operating Record in 2012

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 5, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating
Company (FENOC) announced today that its fleet of power plants – the Beaver
Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa; Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in
Oak Harbor, Ohio; and Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio – achieved
improved personal safety performance in 2012, with five federal Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incidents. This represents
FENOC's second best OSHA performance since 1999.

Collectively, the sites have worked more than 13.3 million consecutive hours
without a lost time accident. Beaver Valley employees have worked more than
6.9 million hours, Davis-Besse employees more than 5.3 million hours and Perry
employees more than 1.1 million hours without a lost time accident.

In addition, the FENOC fleet operated safely and reliably in 2012, generating
31.8 million megawatt-hours (Mwh) net of carbon-free electricity. Typically,
each megawatt produced by a power plant can supply approximately 1,000 homes
with electricity.

Output in 2012 was 7.2 million Mwh for Beaver Valley Unit 1; 7 million Mwh for
Beaver Valley Unit 2; 7.1 million Mwh for Davis-Besse; and 10.5 million Mwh
for Perry. During its fall 2012 refueling outage, Beaver Valley Unit 2
installed new low pressure turbines, adding approximately 29 megawatts of
additional capacity to the unit by improving efficiency. Both Beaver Valley
Unit 1 and Perry are expected to undertake similar turbine upgrades during
their next refueling outages.

"During 2012, FENOC continued to achieve safe, reliable and cost-effective
performance as a fleet," said FENOC President and Chief Nuclear Officer Pete
Sena. "We will continue to pursue high operational standards as FENOC strives
for industry-leading performance in 2013."

FENOC accomplished a fleet forced loss rate of .50 percent in 2012, its best
annual fleet performance since the forced loss rate indicator was established
in 2005. Forced loss rate measures the percentage of time a plant is not
producing electricity due to an unplanned power reduction or outage.

Beaver Valley also turned in industry-leading radiological control
performance. Collective online dose, which reflects controlled radiation
exposure to workers, was limited to 448 millirem (mrem) for Unit 2 and 460
mrem for Unit 1, the best performance in the U.S. nuclear industry in 2012.

In addition, in 2012, each of the three FENOC stations completed construction
of a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Facility near the plant. The new
Emergency Operations Facilities reflect FENOC's commitment to protecting
public health and safety by preparing the site to support timely, efficient
communications with emergency responders in the unlikely event of an
emergency.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE)is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron,
Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in
Shippingport, Pa., the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio,
and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release includes forward-looking
statements based on information currently available to management. Such
statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. These statements
include declarations regarding management's intents, beliefs and current
expectations. These statements typically contain, but are not limited to, the
terms "anticipate," "potential," "expect," "believe," "estimate" and similar
words. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, assumptions, known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results,
performance or achievements to be materially different from any future
results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially due to: the
speed and nature of increased competition in the electric utility industry,
the impact of the regulatory process on the pending matters before FERC and in
the various states in which we do business including, but not limited to,
matters related to rates, the uncertainties of various cost recovery and cost
allocation issues resulting from ATSI's realignment into PJM, economic or
weather conditions affecting future sales and margins, regulatory outcomes
associated with Hurricane Sandy, changing energy, capacity and commodity
market prices and availability, financial derivative reforms that could
increase our liquidity needs and collateral costs, the continued ability of
our regulated utilities to collect transition and other costs, operation and
maintenance costs being higher than anticipated, other legislative and
regulatory changes, and revised environmental requirements, including possible
GHG emission, water intake and coal combustion residual regulations, the
potential impacts of CAIR, and any laws, rules or regulations that ultimately
replace CAIR, and the effects of the EPA's MATS rules, the uncertainty of the
timing and amounts of the capital expenditures that may arise in connection
with any litigation, including NSR litigation or potential regulatory
initiatives or rulemakings (including that such expenditures could result in
our decision to deactivate or idle certain generating units), the
uncertainties associated with our plans to deactivate our older unscrubbed
regulated and competitive fossil units and our plans to change the operations
of certain fossil plants, including the impact on vendor commitments, and the
timing of those deactivations and operational changes as they relate to, among
other things, the RMR arrangements and the reliability of the transmission
grid, issues that could result from the NRC's review of the indications of
cracking in the Davis Besse Plant shield building, adverse regulatory or legal
decisions and outcomes with respect to our nuclear operations (including, but
not limited to the revocation or non-renewal of necessary licenses, approvals
or operating permits by the NRC or as a result of the incident at Japan's
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant), adverse legal decisions and outcomes related
to ME's and PN's ability to recover certain transmission costs through their
transmission service charge riders, the continuing availability of generating
units, changes in their operational status and any related impacts on vendor
commitments, replacement power costs being higher than anticipated or
inadequately hedged, the ability to comply with applicable state and federal
reliability standards and energy efficiency mandates, changes in customers'
demand for power, including but not limited to, changes resulting from the
implementation of state and federal energy efficiency mandates, the ability to
accomplish or realize anticipated benefits from strategic goals, our ability
to improve electric commodity margins and the impact of, among other factors,
the increased cost of fuel and fuel transportation on such margins, the
ability to experience growth in the Regulated Distribution and Competitive
Energy Services segments, changing market conditions that could affect the
measurement of liabilities and the value of assets held in our NDTs, pension
trusts and other trust funds, and cause us and our subsidiaries to make
additional contributions sooner, or in amounts that are larger than currently
anticipated, the impact of changes to material accounting policies, the
ability to access the public securities and other capital and credit markets
in accordance with our financing plans, the cost of such capital and overall
condition of the capital and credit markets affecting us and our subsidiaries,
changes in general economic conditions affecting us and our subsidiaries,
interest rates and any actions taken by credit rating agencies that could
negatively affect us and our subsidiaries' access to financing, increased
costs thereof, and increase requirements to post additional collateral to
support outstanding commodity positions, LOCs and other financial guarantees,
the state of the national and regional economy and its impact on our major
industrial and commercial customers, issues concerning the soundness of
domestic and foreign financial institutions and counterparties with which we
do business, the risks and other factors discussed from time to time in our
SEC filings, and other similar factors. The foregoing review of factors should
not be construed as exhaustive. New factors emerge from time to time, and it
is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor assess the
impact of any such factor on FirstEnergy's business or the extent to which any
factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from
those contained in any forward-looking statements. FirstEnergy expressly
disclaims any current intention to update, except as required by law, any
forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.

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