Kentucky AG appeals decision on Kentucky Power coal-fired plant purchase

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has appealed an October decision of the Kentucky Public Service Commission allowing Kentucky Power Co. to purchase a 50 percent share of a West Virginia coal-fired power plant.

The commission conditionally approved Kentucky Power purchasing 780 MW of coal-fired capacity at Ohio Power Co.'s Mitchell power plant south of Moundsville, W.Va. The purchase is intended to cover lost capacity from the retirement of the 800-MW Big Sandy coal-fired plant in Kentucky.

Mitchell argued against the commission's decision that acquiring the Mitchell plant was less costly than retrofitting Big Sandy with environmental controls, stating in a release the findings “were unreasonable and unlawful because they relied on evidence presented by Kentucky Power and its corporate parent company that could not be independently verified.”

Both Kentucky Power and Ohio Power are subsidiaries of American Electric Power Co.

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