West Virginia PSC wants APCo to justify coal power plant closures

Appalachian Power plans to close three coal-fired power plants this week although a West Virginia regulatory agency claims to have been given little information about the decision

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 Friday. 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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