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Slide 1: Consolidated Report to the Financial Community Fourth Quarter 2008 (Released February 24, 2009) HIGHLIGHTS • Normalized non-GAAP* earnings, excluding special items, were $1.21 per share for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared with $0.90 per share for the fourth quarter of 2007. GAAP earnings for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $1.09 per share compared with $0.88 per share in the prior year. Normalized non-GAAP* earnings for 2008, excluding special items, were $4.57 per share, exceeding the top of our earnings guidance of $4.30 to $4.40 per share. This also compares favorably with 2007 normalized, non-GAAP earnings of $4.23 per share. GAAP earnings for 2008 were $4.41 per share, compared with $4.27 per share in 2007. After-Tax EPS Variance Analysis 4th Qtr. • 4Q 2007 Basic EPS – GAAP Basis $0.88 Special Items – 2007 0.02 4Q 2007 Normalized Earnings – Non-GAAP Basis* $0.90 Distribution Deliveries (0.01) Generation Revenues 0.04 Fuel & Purchased Power (0.04) Coal Contract Assignment 0.04 Generation O&M Expenses 0.12 Energy Delivery Expenses 0.08 Transmission Costs 0.07 Pension and Other Employee Benefits 0.04 Transition Cost Amortization – OH (0.02) Depreciation (0.03) General Taxes (0.03) Investment Income – NDT and COLI (0.02) Financing Costs (0.01) Effective Income Tax Rate 0.09 Other (0.01) 4Q 2008 Normalized Earnings – Non-GAAP Basis* $1.21 Special Items - 2008 (0.12) 4Q 2008 Basic EPS – GAAP Basis $1.09 4Q 2008 Results vs. 4Q 2007 • Electric distribution deliveries declined 1.1 million megawatt-hours (MWH), or 4%. Industrial deliveries decreased 900,000 MWH or 10% - the majority coming from reduced usage from steel and automotive customers. Commercial deliveries declined 209,000 MWH, or 2%, while residential deliveries increased slightly. Heating-degree-days were 13% higher than the same period last year and 5% above normal. The resulting lower distribution delivery revenues decreased earnings by $0.01 per share. Total electric generation sales decreased 1.5 million MWH, or 5%. Retail generation sales decreased 1.3 million MWH, or 5%, reflecting reduced industrial usage and fewer renewals of competitive commercial contracts in the PJM Interconnection LLC (PJM) market. Wholesale electricity sales decreased 0.2 million MWH, or 3%, due to a soft market. Generation revenues, adjusted to exclude power sourced from third-party auction suppliers for our Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) and Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn) customers as well as the Ohio fuel rider in 2008 (instead of the deferral accounting used in 2007), increased earnings by $0.04 per share due to higher wholesale and retail prices. •
Slide 2: • Net fuel and purchased power expenses reduced earnings by $0.04 per share. Higher fuel costs, adjusted for the impact of the Ohio fuel rider in 2008, net of last year’s deferral accounting, reduced earnings by $0.09 per share. The increase in fuel expenses is primarily due to higher coal transportation costs and related fuel surcharges. Lower purchased power expenses, excluding JCP&L and Penn purchases from third-party auction suppliers, increased earnings by $0.05 per share. The reduction in purchased power costs was primarily due to fewer spot purchases in PJM and Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (MISO). FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (FES) assigned two existing Powder River Basin contracts to a third party in order to reduce the forecasted 2010 long coal position as a result of expected deliveries from FES’ joint venture in the Signal Peak mining project in Montana. The assignment of these contracts resulted in a $0.04 per share contribution to earnings. Lower generation O&M expenses increased earnings by $0.12 per share. Fewer scheduled outages at the fossil plants and a $0.01 per share gain on sale of emission allowances in the fourth quarter of 2008 increased earnings by $0.05 per share. Lower nuclear operating expenses increased earnings by $0.04 per share, mainly due to the absence of a refueling outage in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to a Beaver Valley Unit 1 refueling outage in the fourth quarter of 2007. The remaining $0.03 per share benefit from lower generation O&M expenses reflects reduced rental costs due to the purchase by FirstEnergy Nuclear Generation Corp. (NGC) of certain third-party lessor equity interests in our Ohio utilities’ existing sale and leaseback arrangements for the Perry Nuclear Power Plant and Unit 2 of the Beaver Valley Power Station. Lower energy delivery expenses increased earnings by $0.08 per share. Expenses benefited from cost control measures, lower uncollectible expenses, and more resources devoted to capital projects this quarter compared to the same period last year. Lower transmission costs incurred by FES increased earnings by $0.07 per share, primarily due to congestion expense settlements in the fourth quarter of 2008. Reduced pension expense and other employee benefits each increased earnings by $0.02 per share. Higher Ohio transition cost amortization reduced earnings by $0.02 per share. Incremental property additions (including NGC’s purchase of lessor equity interests described above) increased depreciation expense by $0.03 per share. General taxes reduced earnings by $0.03 per share, primarily due to higher franchise and property taxes. Decreased investment income from corporate-owned life insurance of $0.04 per share was partially offset by a $0.02 per share increase in nuclear decommissioning trust income. • • • • • • • • • Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 2
Slide 3: • Higher financing costs decreased earnings by $0.01 per share. The increase in financing costs is attributable to the issuance of first mortgage bonds by Ohio Edison Company (OE) and The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI) in the fourth quarter of 2008. The higher interest expense was partially offset by higher capitalized interest related to our construction program. A lower effective income tax rate increased earnings by $0.09 per share. This year’s lower rate principally reflects the ramp up of the manufacturing deduction percentage, continuing phaseout of the Ohio state income tax, lower interest on reserved tax issues and the utilization of net operating losses to reduce state income taxes. For 2009, we expect that the marginal tax rate will be approximately 38%. During the quarter, a $0.12 per share reduction in earnings was recognized from the impairment of securities held in trust for future nuclear decommissioning activities. • • 2009 Earnings Guidance FirstEnergy anticipates release of 2009 earnings guidance following regulatory clarity in Ohio. Please refer to page 16 of this report for a summary of selected earnings changes from 2008 to 2009. The summary does not include the potential effects of the PUCO approving either the Amended Application containing the proposed Stipulated Electric Security Plan (ESP) or a Market Rate Offer (MRO) that may be implemented in Ohio and is not intended to provide earnings guidance. * The 2008 GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation statements can be found on page 14 of this report and all GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation statements are available on the Investor Information section of FirstEnergy Corp.'s Web site at www.firstenergycorp.com/ir. For additional information, please contact: Ronald E. Seeholzer Vice President, Investor Relations (330) 384-5415 Rey Y. Jimenez Manager, Investor Relations (330) 761-4239 Irene M. Prezelj Manager, Investor Relations (330) 384-3859 3 Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008
Slide 4: FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated Statements of Income (In millions, except for per share amounts) Three Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Change Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Change Revenues (1) Electric sales (2) Other (3) Total Revenues (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) $ 2,990 211 3,201 340 915 667 177 258 (55) 182 2,484 717 (14) (195) 16 (193) 524 192 332 1.09 1.09 $ 2,882 197 3,079 291 922 831 161 234 (125) 165 2,479 600 27 (182) 11 (144) 456 188 268 0.88 0.87 $ 108 14 122 49 (7) (164) 16 24 70 17 5 117 (41) (13) 5 (49) 68 4 64 0.21 0.22 $ 12,693 934 13,627 1,340 4,291 3,042 677 1,053 (316) 778 10,865 2,762 59 (754) 52 (643) 2,119 777 1,342 4.41 4.38 $ 11,944 858 12,802 1,178 3,836 3,086 638 1,019 (524) 754 9,987 2,815 120 (775) 32 (623) 2,192 883 1,309 4.27 4.22 $ 749 76 825 162 455 (44) 39 34 208 24 878 (53) (61) 21 20 (20) (73) (106) 33 0.14 0.16 Expenses Fuel Purchased power Other operating expenses Provision for depreciation Amortization of regulatory assets Deferral of new regulatory assets General taxes Total Expenses (12) Operating Income (13) (14) (15) (16) Other Income (Expense) Investment income (loss) Interest expense Capitalized interest Total Other Expense (17) Income Before Income Taxes Income taxes (19) Net Income (18) (20) Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ Basic Diluted (23) Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding (24) Basic (25) Diluted (21) (22) 304 306 304 308 (2) 304 307 306 310 (2) (3) Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 4
Slide 5: FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated Income Segments (In millions) Three Months Ended December 31, 2008 Ohio Transitional Generation Services (c) Energy Delivery Services (a) (1) (2) (3) (4) Competitive Energy Services (b) Other & Reconciling Adjustments (d) Consolidated Revenues Electric sales Other Internal revenues Total Revenues Expenses Fuel Purchased power Other operating expenses Provision for depreciation Amortization of regulatory assets Deferral of new regulatory assets General taxes Total Expenses Operating Income Other Income (Expense) Investment income (loss) Interest expense Capitalized interest Total Other Expense Income Before Income Taxes Income taxes Net Income $ 1,973 142 2,115 $ 339 68 702 1,109 $ 678 21 699 $ (20) (702) (722) $ 2,990 211 3,201 (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) 1 933 360 108 255 (55) 149 1,751 364 339 131 236 64 27 797 312 553 106 3 2 664 35 (702) (35) 5 4 (728) 6 340 915 667 177 258 (55) 182 2,484 717 (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) $ 37 (105) 1 (67) 297 119 178 $ (33) (36) 14 (55) 257 102 155 $ 35 14 21 $ (18) (54) 1 (71) (65) (43) (22) $ (14) (195) 16 (193) 524 192 332 (a) (b) (c) (d) Consists of regulated transmission and distribution operations, including transition cost recovery, and provider of last resort generation service for FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania and New Jersey electric utility subsidiaries. Consists of unregulated generation and commodity operations, including competitive electric sales, and generation sales to affiliated electric utilities. Represents provider of last resort generation service by FirstEnergy's Ohio electric utility subsidiaries and MISO transmission revenues and expenses related to the delivery of generation load. Consists primarily of interest expense related to holding company debt, corporate support services revenues and expenses and elimination of intersegment transactions. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 5
Slide 6: FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated Income Segments (In millions) Three Months Ended December 31, 2007 Ohio Transitional Generation Services (c) $ 617 11 628 Energy Delivery Services (a) (1) (2) (3) (4) Competitive Energy Services (b) $ 343 36 691 1,070 Other & Reconciling Adjustments (d) $ 1 (691) (690) Consolidated Revenues Electric sales Other Internal revenues Total Revenues Expenses Fuel Purchased power Other operating expenses Provision for depreciation Amortization of regulatory assets Deferral of new regulatory assets General taxes Total Expenses Operating Income Other Income (Expense) Investment income Interest expense Capitalized interest Total Other Expense Income Before Income Taxes Income taxes Net Income $ 1,922 149 2,071 $ 2,882 197 3,079 (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) 1 899 445 103 226 (72) 137 1,739 332 290 186 321 51 26 874 196 528 87 8 (53) 1 571 57 (691) (22) 7 1 (705) 15 291 922 831 161 234 (125) 165 2,479 600 (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) $ 50 (109) 4 (55) 277 110 167 $ 3 (28) 7 (18) 178 71 107 $ 57 23 34 $ (26) (45) (71) (56) (16) (40) $ 27 (182) 11 (144) 456 188 268 (a) (b) (c) (d) Consists of regulated transmission and distribution operations, including transition cost recovery, and provider of last resort generation service for FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania and New Jersey electric utility subsidiaries. Consists of unregulated generation and commodity operations, including competitive electric sales, and generation sales to affiliated electric utilities. Represents provider of last resort generation service by FirstEnergy's Ohio electric utility subsidiaries and MISO transmission revenues and expenses related to the delivery of generation load. Consists primarily of interest expense related to holding company debt, corporate support services revenues and expenses and elimination of intersegment transactions. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 6
Slide 7: FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated Income Segments (In millions) Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2008 vs. Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2007 Ohio Transitional Generation Services (c) $ 61 10 71 Energy Delivery Services (a) (1) (2) (3) (4) Competitive Energy Services (b) $ (4) 32 11 39 Other & Reconciling Adjustments (d) $ (21) (11) (32) Consolidated Revenues Electric sales Other Internal revenues Total Revenues Expenses Fuel Purchased power Other operating expenses Provision for depreciation Amortization of regulatory assets Deferral of new regulatory assets General taxes Total Expenses Operating Income Other Income (Expense) Investment income (loss) Interest expense Capitalized interest Total Other Expense Income Before Income Taxes Income taxes Net Income $ 51 (7) 44 $ 108 14 122 (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) 34 (85) 5 29 17 12 12 32 49 (55) (85) 13 1 (77) 116 25 19 (5) 53 1 93 (22) (11) (13) (2) 3 (23) (9) 49 (7) (164) 16 24 70 17 5 117 (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) $ (13) 4 (3) (12) 20 9 11 $ (36) (8) 7 (37) 79 31 48 $ (22) (9) (13) $ 8 (9) 1 (9) (27) 18 $ (41) (13) 5 (49) 68 4 64 (a) (b) (c) (d) Consists of regulated transmission and distribution operations, including transition cost recovery, and provider of last resort generation service for FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania and New Jersey electric utility subsidiaries. Consists of unregulated generation and commodity operations, including competitive electric sales, and generation sales to affiliated electric utilities. Represents provider of last resort generation service by FirstEnergy's Ohio electric utility subsidiaries and MISO transmission revenues and expenses related to the delivery of generation load. Consists primarily of interest expense related to holding company debt, corporate support services revenues and expenses and elimination of intersegment transactions. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 7
Slide 8: FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated Income Segments (In millions) Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2008 Ohio Transitional Generation Services (c) Energy Delivery Services (a) (1) (2) (3) (4) Competitive Energy Services (b) Other & Reconciling Adjustments (d) Consolidated Revenues Electric sales Other Internal revenues Total Revenues Expenses Fuel Purchased power Other operating expenses Provision for depreciation Amortization of regulatory assets Deferral of new regulatory assets General taxes Total Expenses Operating Income Other Income (Expense) Investment income (loss) Interest expense Capitalized interest Total Other Expense Income Before Income Taxes Income taxes Net Income $ 8,540 626 9,166 $ 1,333 238 2,968 4,539 $ 2,820 82 2,902 $ (12) (2,968) (2,980) $ 12,693 934 13,627 (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) 2 4,161 1,648 417 1,002 (329) 640 7,541 1,625 1,338 779 1,142 243 109 3,611 928 2,319 374 51 13 6 2,763 139 (2,968) (122) 17 23 (3,050) 70 1,340 4,291 3,042 677 1,053 (316) 778 10,865 2,762 (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) $ 170 (410) 3 (237) 1,388 555 833 $ (34) (152) 44 (142) 786 314 472 $ 1 (1) 139 56 83 $ (78) (191) 5 (264) (194) (148) (46) $ 59 (754) 52 (643) 2,119 777 1,342 (a) (b) (c) (d) Consists of regulated transmission and distribution operations, including transition cost recovery, and provider of last resort generation service for FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania and New Jersey electric utility subsidiaries. Consists of unregulated generation and commodity operations, including competitive electric sales, and generation sales to affiliated electric utilities. Represents provider of last resort generation service by FirstEnergy's Ohio electric utility subsidiaries and MISO transmission revenues and expenses related to the delivery of generation load. Consists primarily of interest expense related to holding company debt, corporate support services revenues and expenses and elimination of intersegment transactions. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 8
Slide 9: FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated Income Segments (In millions) Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2007 Ohio Transitional Generation Services (c) $ 2,559 37 2,596 Energy Delivery Services (a) (1) (2) (3) (4) Competitive Energy Services (b) $ 1,316 152 2,901 4,369 Other & Reconciling Adjustments (d) $ 12 (2,901) (2,889) Consolidated Revenues Electric sales Other Internal revenues Total Revenues Expenses Fuel Purchased power Other operating expenses Provision for depreciation Amortization of regulatory assets Deferral of new regulatory assets General taxes Total Expenses Operating Income Other Income (Expense) Investment income Interest expense Capitalized interest Total Other Expense Income Before Income Taxes Income taxes Net Income $ 8,069 657 8,726 $ 11,944 858 12,802 (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) 5 3,733 1,700 404 991 (371) 623 7,085 1,641 1,173 764 1,160 204 107 3,408 961 2,240 305 28 (153) 4 2,424 172 (2,901) (79) 30 20 (2,930) 41 1,178 3,836 3,086 638 1,019 (524) 754 9,987 2,815 (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) $ 240 (456) 11 (205) 1,436 574 862 $ 16 (172) 20 (136) 825 330 495 $ 1 (1) 172 69 103 $ (137) (146) 1 (282) (241) (90) (151) $ 120 (775) 32 (623) 2,192 883 1,309 (a) (b) (c) (d) Consists of regulated transmission and distribution operations, including transition cost recovery, and provider of last resort generation service for FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania and New Jersey electric utility subsidiaries. Consists of unregulated generation and commodity operations, including competitive electric sales, and generation sales to affiliated electric utilities. Represents provider of last resort generation service by FirstEnergy's Ohio electric utility subsidiaries and MISO transmission revenues and expenses related to the delivery of generation load. Consists primarily of interest expense related to holding company debt, corporate support services revenues and expenses and elimination of intersegment transactions. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 9
Slide 10: FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated Income Segments (In millions) Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31, 2008 vs. Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31, 2007 Ohio Transitional Generation Services (c) $ 261 45 306 Energy Delivery Services (a) (1) (2) (3) (4) Competitive Energy Services (b) $ 17 86 67 170 Other & Reconciling Adjustments (d) $ (24) (67) (91) Consolidated Revenues Electric sales Other Internal revenues Total Revenues Expenses Fuel Purchased power Other operating expenses Provision for depreciation Amortization of regulatory assets Deferral of new regulatory assets General taxes Total Expenses Operating Income Other Income (Expense) Investment income (loss) Interest expense Capitalized interest Total Other Expense Income Before Income Taxes Income taxes Net Income $ 471 (31) 440 $ 749 76 825 (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (3) 428 (52) 13 11 42 17 456 (16) 165 15 (18) 39 2 203 (33) 79 69 23 166 2 339 (33) (67) (43) (13) 3 (120) 29 162 455 (44) 39 34 208 24 878 (53) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) $ (70) 46 (8) (32) (48) (19) (29) $ (50) 20 24 (6) (39) (16) (23) $ (33) (13) (20) $ 59 (45) 4 18 47 (58) 105 $ (61) 21 20 (20) (73) (106) 33 (a) (b) (c) (d) Consists of regulated transmission and distribution operations, including transition cost recovery, and provider of last resort generation service for FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania and New Jersey electric utility subsidiaries. Consists of unregulated generation and commodity operations, including competitive electric sales, and generation sales to affiliated electric utilities. Represents provider of last resort generation service by FirstEnergy's Ohio electric utility subsidiaries and MISO transmission revenues and expenses related to the delivery of generation load. Consists primarily of interest expense related to holding company debt, corporate support services revenues and expenses and elimination of intersegment transactions. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 10
Slide 11: FirstEnergy Corp. Financial Statements (In millions) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets As of Dec. 31, 2008 $ 545 1,471 1,037 3,053 17,723 3,017 9,728 33,521 As of Dec. 31, 2007 $ 129 1,421 680 2,230 15,383 3,598 11,100 32,311 Assets Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents Receivables Other Total Current Assets Property, Plant and Equipment Investments Deferred Charges and Other Assets Total Assets Liabilities and Capitalization Current Liabilities: Currently payable long-term debt Short-term borrowings Accounts payable Other Total Current Liabilities Capitalization: Common stockholders' equity Long-term debt and other long-term obligations Total Capitalization Noncurrent Liabilities Total Liabilities and Capitalization $ $ $ 2,476 2,397 794 1,431 7,098 8,283 9,100 17,383 9,040 33,521 $ 2,014 903 777 1,454 5,148 8,977 8,869 17,846 9,317 32,311 $ $ General Information Three Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 Debt and equity securities redemptions New long-term debt issues Short-term borrowings increase (decrease) Property additions (a) (a) Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 1,034 1,367 1,494 2,888 2007 $ $ $ $ 2,039 1,520 (205) 1,633 2007 301 736 5 711 $ $ $ $ 474 420 330 506 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ Includes purchase of lessor equity interests in Beaver Valley Unit 2 and Perry in the twelve months ended December 31, 2008. Adjusted Capitalization 2008 8,283 9,100 2,476 2,397 1,428 (842) 22,842 As of December 31 % Total 2007 36% $ 8,977 40% 8,869 11% 2,014 11% 903 6% -4% 100% 1,990 (397) 22,356 % Total 40% 40% 9% 4% 9% -2% 100% Total common equity Long-term debt and other long-term obligations Currently payable long-term debt Short-term borrowings Adjustments: Sale-leaseback net debt equivalents JCP&L securitization debt and cash Total $ $ $ Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 11
Slide 12: FirstEnergy Corp. Financial Statements (In millions) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Three Months Ended Dec. 31 Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 Cash flows from operating activities Net income Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities: Depreciation, amortization, and deferral of regulatory assets Deferred purchased power and other costs Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits Deferred rents and lease market valuation liability Pension trust contribution Cash collateral, net Electric service prepayment programs Change in working capital and other Cash flows provided from operating activities Cash flows provided from (used for) financing activities Cash flows used for investing activities Net increase in cash and cash equivalents $ 332 380 (63) 88 (33) (52) (19) 158 791 266 (693) $ 364 $ $ 2007 268 270 (81) 149 (58) (18) (23) (23) 484 100 (485) 99 $ $ 2008 1,342 1,414 (226) 366 (95) (31) (77) (474) 2,219 1,180 (2,983) 416 $ $ 2007 1,309 1,133 (346) (9) (99) (300) (68) (75) 149 1,694 (1,342) (313) 39 Deferrals and Amortizations Three Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Change Ohio Rate Plans and Transmission Deferrals Regulatory Assets - Beginning Interest on shopping incentives MISO costs and interest RCP distribution reliability costs and interest RCP fuel costs and interest Current period deferrals Amortization Ohio transition costs Shopping incentives MISO costs Other Current period amortization Regulatory Assets - Ending Pennsylvania Deferred PJM Costs Beginning balance Net deferral (recovery) of PJM costs Ending balance New Jersey Deferred Energy Costs Beginning balance Net deferral (recovery) of energy costs Ending balance $ (73) (35) (17) (2) $ (127) $ 1,536 (69) (29) (9) (7) $ (114) $ 1,847 $ $ (4) (6) (8) 5 (13) $ (307) (128) (52) (1) $ (488) $ 1,536 $ (291) (123) (29) (23) $ (466) $ 1,847 $ (16) (5) (23) 22 (22) $ 1,622 7 16 24 1 $ 48 $ 1,817 8 11 23 45 $ 87 $ (1) 5 1 (44) (39) $ 1,847 31 8 153 (6) $ 186 $ 1,863 36 56 166 107 $ 365 $ (5) (48) (13) (113) (179) Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Change $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 338 (12) 326 210 10 220 $ $ $ $ 227 27 254 330 (8) 322 $ $ (39) $ $ $ 18 $ 255 71 326 322 (102) 220 $ $ $ $ 157 97 254 369 (47) 322 $ (26) $ (55) Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 12
Slide 13: FirstEnergy Corp. Statistical Summary Electric Sales Statistics (kWh in millions) Electric Distribution Deliveries Ohio - Residential - Commercial - Industrial - Other Total Ohio - Residential - Commercial - Industrial - Other Total Pennsylvania - Residential - Commercial - Industrial - Other Total New Jersey Three Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Change 4,266 3,452 5,038 93 12,849 3,025 2,778 2,317 21 8,141 2,144 2,363 640 22 5,169 9,435 8,593 7,995 136 26,159 391 602 491 1,484 37 193 459 689 614 488 1,102 3,275 22,884 2,315 25,199 6,318 31,517 4,244 3,610 5,686 93 13,633 2,927 2,769 2,499 21 8,216 2,222 2,423 719 22 5,386 9,393 8,802 8,904 136 27,235 518 825 645 1,988 29 186 507 722 559 562 1,121 3,831 23,404 3,056 26,460 6,543 33,003 0.5% -4.4% -11.4% -5.8% 3.3% 0.3% -7.3% -0.9% -3.5% -2.5% -11.0% -4.0% 0.4% -2.4% -10.2% -4.0% -24.5% -27.0% -23.9% -25.4% 27.6% 3.8% -9.5% -4.6% 9.8% -13.2% -1.7% -14.5% -2.2% -24.2% -4.8% -3.4% -4.5% Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Change 17,380 14,834 22,232 370 54,816 11,822 11,366 10,039 82 33,309 9,667 9,707 2,773 88 22,235 38,869 35,907 35,044 540 110,360 2,007 3,147 2,468 7,622 129 761 2,058 2,948 2,464 2,132 4,596 15,166 95,194 10,938 106,132 24,655 130,787 17,586 15,107 23,346 372 56,411 11,782 11,268 10,229 82 33,361 9,839 9,867 2,885 88 22,679 39,207 36,242 36,460 542 112,451 2,201 3,534 2,689 8,424 73 632 1,895 2,600 2,156 2,214 4,370 15,394 97,057 12,995 110,052 24,115 134,167 -1.2% -1.8% -4.8% -0.5% -2.8% 0.3% 0.9% -1.9% -0.2% -1.7% -1.6% -3.9% -2.0% -0.9% -0.9% -3.9% -0.4% -1.9% -8.8% -11.0% -8.2% -9.5% 76.7% 20.4% 8.6% 13.4% 14.3% -3.7% 5.2% -1.5% -1.9% -15.8% -3.6% 2.2% -2.5% Pennsylvania New Jersey Total Residential Total Commercial Total Industrial Total Other Total Distribution Deliveries Electric Sales Shopped Ohio - Residential - Commercial - Industrial Total Ohio Pennsylvania - Residential - Commercial - Industrial Total Pennsylvania - Commercial - Industrial Total New Jersey New Jersey Total Electric Sales Shopped Electric Generation Sales Retail - Regulated Retail - Competitive Total Retail Wholesale Total Electric Generation Sales Operating Statistics Three Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Capacity Factors: Nuclear Fossil - Baseload Fossil - Load Following Generation Output: Nuclear Fossil - Baseload Fossil - Load Following Peaking 99% 83% 60% 41% 39% 19% 1% 88% 81% 67% 38% 40% 21% 1% Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 93% 84% 64% 39% 40% 20% 1% 89% 80% 71% 37% 38% 23% 2% Weather Composite Heating-Degree-Days Composite Cooling-Degree-Days Three Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Normal 2,053 1,824 1,949 5 70 15 Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 2007 Normal 5,579 5,443 5,504 887 1,039 924 Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 13
Slide 14: FirstEnergy Corp. Special Items and EPS Reconciliations (In millions, except for per share amounts) Special Items Three Months Ended Dec. 31 Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 2008 Pre-tax Items - Income Increase (Decrease) Gain on sale of non-core assets (a) Saxton decommissioning costs regulatory assets (b) Trust securities impairment (c) Litigation settlement (a) Total-Pretax Items EPS Effect (a) Included in "Revenues - Other" (b) Included in "Deferral of new regulatory assets" (c) Included in "Investment income" $ (60) (60) (0.12) $ 2007 (10) (10) (0.02) $ 2008 32 (123) 15 (76) (0.16) $ 2007 21 27 (26) 22 0.04 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 2008 Earnings Per Share (EPS) (Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP) ACTUAL Three Months Ended Dec. 31 Basic EPS (GAAP basis) Excluding Special Items: Gain on sale of non-core assets Litigation settlement Trust securities impairment Basic EPS (Non-GAAP basis) $ 0.12 1.21 $ (0.06) (0.03) 0.25 4.57 $ 1.09 ACTUAL Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31 $ 4.41 Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 14
Slide 15: FirstEnergy Corp. Liquidity and Capital Expenditures Liquidity position as of January 31, 2009 Company FirstEnergy FirstEnergy & FirstEnergy Solutions FirstEnergy FirstEnergy Generation Corp. OH & PA Utilities (1) (2) (1) Type Revolving Revolving Bank Lines Term Loan Receivables Financing Maturity Aug. 2012 May 2009 Various (2) (3) Amount (M) $2,750 300 120 300 550 $4,020 $4,020 Available (M) $405 300 20 300 469 $1,494 1,110 $2,604 Oct. 2009 Various(4) Subtotal: Cash: Total: FirstEnergy Corp. and subsidiary borrowers. $100M matures November 30, 2009; $20M uncommitted line of credit with no maturity date. Drawn amounts are payable within 30 days and may not be reborrowed. $370M expires March 21, 2009; $180M expires December 18, 2009. (3) (4) 2009 Capital Expenditures (in millions) Projected non-AQC capital expenditures: Projected Non-AQC Capital Spending by Business Unit Energy Delivery Nuclear Fossil Corporate & Other Subtotal without AQC Projected capital expenditures for AQC: Projected AQC Capital Spending AQC* Change from Prior year 2009 414 (224) 2010 $ 92 (322) 2010-2013 Average $ 804 354 255 116 $ 1,529 2009 $ 701 260 219 58 $ 1,238 $ *Excludes the Burger Plant since a decision has been deferred regarding the future of the AQC project or closure of the plant. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 15
Slide 16: FirstEnergy Corp. 2009 Earnings Drivers 2009 Earnings Drivers The following represents a high-level summary of selected items that are expected to impact normalized earnings in 2009 compared to the prior year. These estimates are presented on a pre-tax basis and do not reflect impacts of the Amended Application containing the proposed Stipulated ESP pending before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). This list is not all-inclusive and is not intended to provide earnings guidance. Positive earnings drivers in 2009 are expected to include: O&M reductions – more than $100M, $0.20 per share earnings impact Represents anticipated cost savings from staffing adjustments, changes in compensation structure, fossil plant outage schedule changes and general cost-saving measures. Ohio distribution rate increase – $75M, $0.15 per share earnings impact Reflects approval by the PUCO on January 21, 2009, of an annual increase of $137 million less amortization of regulatory assets of $53 million, adjusted to reflect partial recovery in 2009 due to January 23, 2009, effective date for OE and The Toledo Edison Company (TE) rates and May 1, 2009, effective date for CEI rates. Reduced Regulatory Transition Charge (RTC) amortization expense – $185M, $0.38 per share earnings impact Reflects the end of transition cost amortization for OE and TE under the Rate Certainty Plan (RCP), offset by an increase in CEI RTC amortization expense. Increased generation margin (affiliates) – FES is serving 75% of Ohio retail customer load for first quarter of 2009 pursuant to the results of the request for proposal (RFP) conducted on December 31, 2008, vs. 100% under the 2008 power supply agreement (PSA) with the Ohio utilities. The average 2008 rate FES received under the PSA with the Ohio utilities was $46.40 per MWH. Negative earnings drivers in 2009 are expected to include: Increased Pension/OPEB expense – $230M, ($0.47) per share earnings impact Reflects expense of ($0.35) per share in 2009 versus income of $0.12 per share in 2008, due primarily to market-related declines in the value of plan investments. Additional nuclear refueling outage – $30M, ($0.06) per share earnings impact Reflects three planned nuclear refueling outages in 2009 compared to two in 2008. Generation output – 2009 output is projected to be 80.6 million MWH vs. 2008 output of 82.4 million MWH. Reduced Ohio RTC recovery – $560M, ($1.14) per share earnings impact Represents the full-year impact of the end of RTC recovery for OE and TE and reduced recovery at CEI projected to begin in June 2009. Change in third-party power supply contracts for Metropolitan Edison Company (MetEd)/Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) totaling 4.5 million MWH – The end of these contracts results in increased purchased power expense of $7.50 per MWH for Met-Ed/Penelec (or a total of $34M, earnings impact of ($0.07) per share). Additionally, FES is obligated to replace this supply at a price of $41.50, resulting in a lost wholesale sales opportunity. Higher fuel expense – $240M, ($0.49) per share earnings impact Due primarily to eastern coal contract re-openers, emission allowances, the price of nuclear fuel and includes a positive $25 million coal inventory adjustment reported in 3Q 2008. Reduced Ohio distribution reliability deferral – $125M, ($0.25) per share earnings impact End of deferral accounting approved under the RCP, net of over-recovery of OE and TE RTC in 2008. Increased depreciation – $45M, ($0.09) per share earnings impact Increased general taxes – $40M, ($0.08) per share earnings impact Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 16
Slide 17: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS Record Generation Output FES set a new generation output record of 82.4 million MWH during 2008, an increase over the previous record of 82.0 million MWH established in 2006. This generation record reflects an all-time high for the nuclear fleet, which set a new generation output record of 32.2 million MWH during 2008, a 6% increase over the previous record established in 2007. These records reflect, in part, efforts to increase fleet output through incremental, lowcost upgrades and enhancements. During 2008, more than 100 megawatts (MW) of nuclear and fossil capacity enhancements were completed. Wind Power Contract On December 23, 2008, FES purchased a 17-year contract from Constellation Energy Commodities Group for the procurement of 99 MW of wind power from Twin Groves Wind Farm in Illinois. This purchase expands FES’ renewable energy portfolio and brings its total wind power capacity under contract to 376 MW. Beaver Valley Achieves Industry Excellence On January 22, 2009, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) informed FirstEnergy that the Beaver Valley Power Station achieved excellent industry performance in the most recent plant evaluation and assessment administered by the INPO. The achievement was awarded to Beaver Valley for the first time in its 33 years of operation and places it among the industry’s top performers. R. E. Burger Plant Deadline Extension On December 30, 2008, FirstEnergy filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, requesting an extension of the December 31, 2008, deadline to decide whether to install scrubbers and other environmental equipment for two 156 MW coal fired units at the R.E. Burger Plant, repower the units by switching from coal to natural gas, or to shut them down in the next two years. On January 30, 2009, the Court approved an extension until March 31, 2009. Fremont Energy Center In December 2008, the construction schedule for Fremont Energy Center was extended until 2012, when the plant is expected to be brought on line. Original plans called for completion of the plant by 2010. The original cost estimate of $208 million to complete the plant may also be revised as a result of the new construction schedule. Approximately $41 million of the incremental capital was invested in 2008. Financing Activities The September 2008 automatically effective shelf registration filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission provides FirstEnergy and its utility operating subsidiaries with the flexibility to issue and sell equity, secured and unsecured debt and other similar securities from time to time. The following long-term debt securities have been issued and sold under the shelf registration since the end of the third quarter of 2008: Issuer Ohio Edison Ohio Edison Cleveland Electric Metropolitan Edison Jersey Central Power & Light Amount (in millions) $275 $25 $300 $300 $300 Rate 8.25% 8.25% 8.875% 7.70% 7.35% Type FMB FMB FMB Sr. Notes Sr. Notes Date Issue 10/20/2008 10/20/2008 11/18/2008 1/20/2009 1/27/2009 Maturity 2038 2018 2018 2019 2019 In addition, regulatory authority has been granted for TE and Penn to issue up to $300 million and $100 million of long-term debt, respectively. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 17
Slide 18: Ohio Regulatory Update On November 25, 2008, the PUCO issued an order denying the MRO filing made by OE, CEI and TE (collectively, Ohio Companies) that proposed procurement of generation supply for its Ohio customers through a competitive bidding process. On December 22, 2008, the Ohio Companies filed an application for rehearing on the MRO and on January 21, 2009, the PUCO granted the Ohio Companies’ application for rehearing for further consideration of the matter. On July 31, 2008, the Ohio Companies filed an ESP with the PUCO. On December 19, 2008, the PUCO substantially modified and approved an ESP for the Ohio Companies. The Ohio Companies withdrew their application for the ESP on December 22, 2008, as allowed under Ohio law. The Ohio Companies cited that the ESP, as modified by the PUCO, no longer maintained a reasonable balance between rate stability for customers and a fair return on the Ohio Companies’ investments to serve those customers. The Ohio Companies also notified the PUCO of their intent to continue their current rate plan and tariffs as of January 1, 2009, as provided for under SB221. On December 31, 2008, the Ohio Companies conducted a competitive bidding process, using a RFP format administered by an independent third party, for the procurement of electric generation for retail customers from January 5, 2009 through March 31, 2009. Four qualified wholesale bidders were selected, including FES, for 97% of the tranches offered in the RFP. The average winning bid price was equivalent to a retail rate of 6.98 cents per kilowatt-hour (KWH). Subsequent to the RFP, the remaining 3% of the Ohio Companies’ wholesale energy and capacity needs were obtained through a bilateral contract with the lowest bidder in the RFP procurement. From January 1, 2009, through January 4, 2009, and during the period when only 97% of the Ohio Companies’ load was served under the RFP, wholesale energy and capacity were purchased from the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO). The resulting weighted average retail price for 100% of the Ohio Companies’ needs is 6.95 cents per KWH. On January 7, 2009, the PUCO ordered the Ohio Companies to file revised tariffs reflecting the termination of OE’s and TE’s Regulatory Transition Charges as well as the termination of fuel recovery riders for each of the Ohio Companies by January 12, 2009, to be effective on January 1, 2009, on a service-rendered basis. On January 9, 2009, the Ohio Companies filed a Motion to Stay to delay the effective date of the January 7, 2009, order in its entirety until the resolution of any appeal of the order. Also on January 9, 2009, the Ohio Companies filed an application for expedited rehearing, asking the PUCO to reconsider its January 7, 2009, decision. In a third filing on January 9, 2009, the Ohio Companies requested a fuel rider, proposing to recover the difference between costs incurred by the Ohio Companies to purchase power under the RFP process described above and the generation charges paid by their customers. A January 9, 2009, Entry from the PUCO approved the Motion to Stay. On January 14, 2009, the PUCO temporarily approved the fuel rider, subject to a future prudence review. The PUCO also issued an Entry requiring the Ohio Companies to concurrently implement the original January 7, 2009, order. On January 21, 2009, the PUCO granted the Ohio Companies an increase in distribution rates in the aggregate amount of $136.6 million ($53.3 million represents the recovery of regulatory assets). New distribution rates were effective January 23, 2009, for OE and TE customers and will be effective May 1, 2009, for CEI customers. On February 19, 2009, the Ohio Companies filed an amended ESP application, including an attached Stipulation and Recommendation associated with the case that was signed by the Ohio Companies, the Staff of the PUCO, and many of the intervening parties representing a diverse range of interests. This Stipulated ESP provides generation price stability until June 2011, provides the PUCO flexibility to manage overall price trends, and settles pricing and service arrangements for the distribution of electric service through December 2011. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 18
Slide 19: Key provisions of the Stipulated ESP include: In April and May 2009, generation will be supplied to the Ohio Companies from FES at $66.68 per MWH, the average rate resulting from the December 2008 RFP process. The deferral of a portion of the purchased power costs for CEI will continue during April and May, with recovery of the deferred balance plus carrying costs commencing June 1, 2011. For the period beginning June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2011, retail generation rates will be set from the results of a descending-clock competitive bidding process, or CBP. In the CBP, the Ohio Companies will procure, on a slice-of-system basis, 100% of their full requirements supply, including transmission and ancillaries. The bidding process will be conducted by an independent bid manager. The PUCO also has the option to phase in the resulting generation pricing for retail customers subject to specified limits. The promotion of economic development and providing rate discounts for qualifying schools. CEI will write off 50% of the Extended RTC balance as of May 31, 2009, estimated to be approximately $215 million, and CEI RTC charges will be reduced accordingly commencing on June 1, 2009. If the Stipulated ESP is approved, one-time charges associated with implementing the ESP would be approximately $250 million (including the CEI Extended RTC balance), or $0.53 per share of common stock. The Ohio Companies’ commitment to a base distribution rate freeze through the end of 2011. A delivery service improvement rider will be established effective April 1, 2009, through December 31, 2011. The recovery of deferrals previously approved by the PUCO. Establishment of a collaborative process with various signatory parties to the Stipulated ESP and third-party administrators for the implementation of energy efficiency programs that will be subject to cost recovery. The Ohio Companies and the signatory parties have requested PUCO approval of certain provisions related to near-term generation service by March 4, 2009, and approval of the full Stipulated ESP by March 25, 2009. Amendments to Market-Based Rate Tariffs On October 24, 2008, FES, FirstEnergy Generation Corp., NGC, and FirstEnergy Generation Mansfield Unit 1 Corp. (the Applicants) filed proposed amendments to their market-based rate tariffs with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In preparation for providing wholesale power supply to Ohio customers beginning January 2009 under either an ESP or MRO described above, the Applicants requested a determination that FERC requirements to obtain prior approvals for affiliate sales do not apply to power sales made by FES to CEI, OE and TE. On December 23, 2008, the FERC approved the request by waiving FERC’s required preapproval for affiliated power sales, effective December 24, 2008. Met-Ed Transmission Rider On May 22, 2008, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) approved the Met-Ed and Penelec annual updates to their Transmission Service Charge Riders (TSC) for the period June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2009. The PPUC ordered an investigation to review the reasonableness of Met-Ed’s TSC which included a transition approach that would recover past under-recovered costs of $144 million plus carrying charges over a 31-month period and deferral of a portion ($92 million) of projected costs for recovery over a 19-month period beginning June 1, 2009, through December 31, 2010. Hearings and briefing have been concluded and Met-Ed is awaiting a final PPUC decision. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 19
Slide 20: Penn Interim Default Service Supply Plan On January 20, 2009, Penn held an RFP to procure default service for residential and commercial customers. The PPUC approved the results on January 21, 2009. The average prices of the winning bids for residential and small commercial customers were $74.80 per MWH and $67.58 per MWH, respectively, and will be reflected in Penn’s new default service rates that are effective for the period June 2009 through May 2011 for residential customers and for the period June 2009 through May 2010 for commercial customers. Met-Ed and Penelec Customer Prepayment Plan and Procurement Plan On September 25, 2008, Met-Ed and Penelec filed a Voluntary Prepayment Plan with the PPUC that would provide an opportunity for residential and small commercial customers to prepay an amount on their monthly electric bills during 2009 and 2010, which would earn interest at 7.5% and be used to reduce electric rates in 2011 and 2012. Met-Ed, Penelec, Office of Consumer Advocate and Office of Small Business Advocates reached a settlement agreement on the Voluntary Prepayment Plan and have jointly requested that the PPUC approve the settlement. The Administrative Law Judge issued a decision on January 29, 2009, recommending approval and adoption of the Settlement without modification. On February 20, 2009, Met-Ed and Penelec filed a generation procurement plan covering the period January 1, 2011 through May 31, 2013, with the PPUC. The Companies’ plan is designed to provide adequate and reliable service through a prudent mix of long term, short term and spot market generation supply as required by Pennsylvania law. The plan proposes a staggered procurement schedule, which varies by customer class. The Companies have requested PPUC approval of their plan by October 2009. Met-Ed and Penelec Rate Case Appeals Several parties to the Met-Ed and Penelec 2006 rate case proceeding filed Petitions for Review with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in 2007, asking the court to review the PPUC’s determination on several issues including: the recovery of transmission (including congestion); the transmission deferral; consolidated tax savings; the requested generation increase; and recovery of universal service costs from only the residential rate class. Oral arguments were held on September 10, 2008. The Commonwealth Court issued its decision on November 7, 2008, which affirmed the PPUC's January 11, 2007, order in all respects, including the deferral and recovery of transmission and congestion related costs. New Jersey Governor’s Economic Assistance and Recovery Plan In support of the New Jersey Governor’s Economic Assistance and Recovery Plan, JCP&L announced its intent to spend approximately $98 million on infrastructure and energy efficiency projects in 2009. The $40 million that would be spent on infrastructure projects include substation upgrades, new transformers, distribution line reclosers and automated breaker operations. Approximately $34 million would be spent implementing demand response programs as well as expanding existing programs. JCP&L would spend another $11 million on energy efficiency, specifically replacing transformers and capacitor control systems and installing new LED street lights. The remaining $13 million would be spent on energy efficiency programs that would complement those currently being offered. Completing the projects is dependent upon regulatory approval for full and timely recovery of the costs associated with plan implementation. Construction of New Transmission Line On November 24, 2008, the Ohio Power Siting Board authorized the construction of an electric transmission line in Geauga and Lake counties, which will be owned and operated by American Transmission Systems, Inc. The 14.7 mile long transmission line, which will enhance reliability in the surrounding area, is expected to be completed and in service by the summer of 2010. Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 20
Slide 21: This Consolidated Report to the Financial Community 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 our 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 and legislative and regulatory changes affecting how generation rates will be determined following the expiration of existing rate plans in Ohio and Pennsylvania, the impact of the PUCO's regulatory process on the Ohio Companies associated with the ESP and MRO filings, including any resultant mechanism under which the Ohio Companies may not fully recover costs (including, but not limited to, the costs of generation supply procured by the Ohio Companies, Regulatory Transition Charges and fuel charges), or the outcome of any competitive generation procurement process in Ohio, economic or weather conditions affecting future sales and margins, changes in markets for energy services, changing energy and commodity market prices and availability, replacement power costs being higher than anticipated or inadequately hedged, the continued ability of our regulated utilities to collect transition and other charges or to recover increased transmission costs, maintenance costs being higher than anticipated, other legislative and regulatory changes, revised environmental requirements, including possible greenhouse gas emission regulations, the potential impacts of the U.S. Court of Appeals' July 11, 2008 decision requiring revisions to the CAIR rules and the scope of any laws, rules or regulations that may ultimately take their place, the uncertainty of the timing and amounts of the capital expenditures needed to, among other things, implement the AQC Plan (including that such amounts could be higher than anticipated or that certain generating units may need to be shut down) or levels of emission reductions related to the Consent Decree resolving the NSR litigation or other potential regulatory initiatives, adverse regulatory or legal decisions and outcomes (including, but not limited to, the revocation of necessary licenses or operating permits and oversight) by the NRC (including, but not limited to, the Demand for Information issued to FENOC on May 14, 2007), the timing and outcome of various proceedings before the PUCO (including, but not limited to the distribution rate cases and the generation supply plan filing for the Ohio Companies and the successful resolution of the issues remanded to the PUCO by the Ohio Supreme Court regarding the RSP and the RCP, including the recovery of deferred fuel costs), Met-Ed's and Penelec's transmission service charge filings with the PPUC, the continuing availability of generating units and their ability to operate at or near full capacity, the ability to comply with applicable state and federal reliability standards, the ability to accomplish or realize anticipated benefits from strategic goals (including employee workforce initiatives), the ability to improve electric commodity margins and to experience growth in the distribution business, the changing market conditions that could affect the value of assets held in our nuclear decommissioning trusts, pension trusts and other trust funds, and cause us to make additional contributions sooner, or in an amount that is larger than currently anticipated, the ability to access the public securities and other capital and credit markets in accordance with our financing plan and the cost of such capital, changes in general economic conditions affecting us, the state of the capital and credit markets affecting us, interest rates and any actions taken by credit rating agencies that could negatively affect our access to financing or its costs and increase our requirements to post additional collateral to support outstanding commodity positions, LOCs and other financial guarantees, the continuing decline of the national and regional economy and its impact on our major industrial and commercial customers, issues concerning the soundness of financial institutions and counterparties with which we do business, and 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 our management to predict all such factors, nor assess the impact of any such factor on our 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. We expressly disclaim any current intention to update any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking Statements: Consolidated Report to the Financial Community – 4th Quarter 2008 21

   
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