FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Employees Recognized with Electric Industry Training Award

   FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Employees Recognized with Electric
                           Industry Training Award

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 18, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, Feb.18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Electric Power Research
Institute (EPRI) recently named a team of FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating
Company (FENOC) employees as winners of an annual Technology Transfer award,
recognizing successful research, development and implementation of technology
solutions that benefit the electric power industry.

FENOC was the first company in the U.S. nuclear power industry to use a
standardized process developed by EPRI to train and confirm workers' abilities
to perform plant maintenance activities. A key benefit of this process is
that qualifications earned at one plant also are valid at other U.S. nuclear
facilities, reducing the time and expenses associated with training workers.
The FENOC team applied the process when qualifying workers to safely perform
heavy material movement using cranes inside the plant.

Members of the award-winning FENOC team include: Tammie Nicoletti Bever of
Beaver County, Pa., Tyrone Turner of Beaver County, Pa., and John Zanetta of
Greentree Borough, Pa., all from the Beaver Valley Power Station; David Eldred
of Oak Harbor, Ohio, and Michael Kaminski of Castalia, Ohio, from the
Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station; Robert Fundis of Austinburg, Ohio, and Paul
Gant of Madison, Ohio, from the Perry Nuclear Power Plant; and Archie Proffit
of Norton, Ohio, from FENOC fleet maintenance in Akron.

"I am very proud of our employees for implementing this beneficial process
across our fleet and leading the way for others in the industry," said Pete
Sena, FENOC President and Chief Nuclear Officer. "Their efforts support
continued safe performance at our facilities while promoting efficiency in the
training and qualification process across the nuclear industry."

"Continually seeking and implementing improved technology, methodology and
processes reflects the nuclear industry's commitment to safe, reliable
operations," said President of FirstEnergy Generation Jim Lash. "I commend our
FENOC employees for their leadership, drive and commitment to excellence."

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is a diversified energy company headquartered in
Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary also 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. Visit
FirstEnergy on the web at www.firstenergycorp.com or follow the company's
nuclear plants on Twitter: @BVPowerStation, @DavisBesse and @Perry_Plant.

About EPRI

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts
research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of
electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit
organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as
experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity,
including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the
environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the
electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international
participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and
laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville,
Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.

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allocation issues resulting from ATSI's realignment into PJM, economic or
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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
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uncertainties associated with our plans to deactivate our older unscrubbed
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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
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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
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disclaims any current intention to update, except as required by law, any
forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information,
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