W.Va. PSC staff wants APCo to justify plant closures

 W.Va. PSC staff wants APCo to justify plant closures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Public Service Commission's staff says Appalachian Power has given the regulatory agency little information justifying its decision to close three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia.

The staff says in a petition filed with the PSC that the agency needs more information to determine whether the closures are the best course of action. Friday's petition asks the PSC to direct the company to provide the information within 30 days.

Appalachian Power spokeswoman Jeri Matheney says the company has discussed its decision in several cases before the PSC.

Appalachian Power plans to close the Philip Sporn, Kammer and Kanawha River Valley plants by May 31. The plants are among six in four states that are being closed because they don't comply with new federal emission standards.

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