FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities’ Electric Security Plan ESP-IV Auction:

CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced that an auction process will be conducted for FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) Ohio utilities to procure full requirements service for their Standard Service Offer customers. The auction process will lead up to the auction scheduled for January 29, 2018.

The bidding process will use a descending-price clock auction format. The auction will be managed by Auction Manager CRA International, Inc. The auction is being conducted pursuant to FirstEnergy’s Ohio Electric Security Plan (ESP-IV) as approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. This is the sixth auction in the series of ESP-IV auctions.

The Information Session for prospective bidders for the January auction is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Instructions on how to join the Webcast session are available on the Auction Information Website at Part 1 Applications from prospective bidders will be accepted starting November 15 and are due no later than December 6. For successful Part 1 applicants, the submission window for the Part 2 Application process will be December 13 through January 8.

The products in the January 29 auction are a 24-month contract (delivery period June 2018 through May 2020) and a 36-month contract (delivery period June 2018 through May 2021).

Additional information about the auction process can be found at the Information Website at

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