FirstEnergy signs power agreements for wind power

Akron, OH, Mar. 17, 2006 — FirstEnergy announced it has entered into 20 year agreements to purchase the combined 250 megawatt (MW) output of two new wind power generation projects being developed in West Virginia by US Wind Force LLC, a renewable energy company based in Wexford, PA, and its joint venture partner Padoma Wind Power LLC, based in La Jolla, CA.

The projects include:

* Mt. Storm — a 150-MW project to be located in Grant County, WV.

* Liberty Gap — a 100-MW project to be located in Pendleton County, WV.

Combined, the projects are expected to generate approximately 650,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually. Both projects are targeted to be operational by December 2007. The power purchase agreements are contingent upon completion of financing and receipt of regulatory approvals for the projects.

This marks the second renewable energy agreement FirstEnergy has completed in the PJM region. In April 2003, the company agreed to purchase from FPL Energy LLC the output of a 30-MW wind farm now operational in Somerset County, PA.

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