OVEC filed a complaint to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in March — a few days before FirstEnergy Solutions declared bankruptcy — to prevent FirstEnergy Solutions from withdrawing from financial obligations for the joint operation of the plants.
FirstEnergy’s exit from the pact could leave OVEC’s members — and their customers — with “hundreds of millions of dollars over the remaining life of the contract,” OVEC has said.
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The preliminary injunction was granted Friday in Cleveland’s federal bankruptcy court.
In a five-page ruling, Judge Alan Koschik said: “A successful suit by FERC, or by OVEC or other counter-parties to the [OVEC] contracts before FERC, would result in a pecuniary advantage to certain private parties vis-a-vis other creditors of the debtors’ estates, contrary to the bankruptcy code’s priorities,” Koschik said. “Seeking that result is the obvious and dominant purpose of the FERC proceeding.”
The ruling can be appealed.
FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. is the plaintiff in the case while the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the defendant. OVEC is identified as an “intervenor-defendant.”