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W.Va. PSC to hear power plant purchase arguments

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 16, 2013 at 11:09 am •  Published: July 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Public Service Commission began hearings Tuesday on Appalachian Power's request to purchase a coal plant.

Ohio-based American Electric Power wants to transfer its John Amos plant near St. Albans and its Mitchell facility near Moundsville to Appalachian Power, a Charleston subsidiary.

Appalachian Power and other parties to the case will present evidence to the Commission Tuesday through Thursday in the proposed $1 billion transaction.

Company officials say transferring the assets will help Appalachian close a power generation shortfall in its network.

West Virginia Citizen Action Group and other groups intervened and are asking the agency to block the sale. They argue is not in the best interest of Appalachian Power ratepayers and that the utility company did not adequately evaluate alternatives.

"It is just common sense for Appalachian Power to invest in energy efficiency before going out and purchasing expensive power plants," said Stacy Gloss, project manager for Energy Efficient West Virginia.