Groups ask regulators to reconsider decision on power plants

October 26, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three groups are asking the West Virginia Public Service Commission to reconsider a decision allowing Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power to keep three plants operational through at least 2040.

West Virginia Citizen Action Group, Solar United Neighbors, and Energy Efficient West Virginia filed a petition Friday asking the panel to revisit the issue, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported.

Utility regulators voted this month to approve the request involving the three coal-fired power plants. The companies are upgrading the John Amos plant in Winfield, the Mountaineer plant in New Haven and the Mitchell plant in Moundsville to comply with federal environmental regulations.

The companies are seeking a 3.3% increase for customers in West Virginia to help subsidize environmental improvements after regulators in Kentucky and Virginia declined requests to help pay for the improvements.

The Public Service Commission would have to approve the increase, though a surcharge increase for the Mitchell plant was approved in August.