Marshall commission OKs power plant agreement

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm •  Published: August 20, 2014

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The Marshall County Commission will receive about $31 million in revenue over 30 years from a 549-megawatt natural gas-power plant that developers plan to build in Moundsville.

The commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to approve a payment in lieu of taxes agreement for the $615 million plant. Under the agreement, the commission would own the plant and lease it back to Moundsville Power to operate. Moundsville Power would pay about $1 million annually to the county, media outlets reported.

Moundville Power plans to begin construction next year, Chief Financial Officer Matthew Dorn told the commission.

Commissioner Bob Miller, who opposed the agreement, said following the meeting that he hopes the plant succeeds.

"I want it to do well. I want them to succeed and use our gas and employ our people," Miller told The Intelligencer and Wheeling-News Register ( "My opposition had nothing to do with the workers. I just don't support government ownership of business."

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