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September 23, 2018
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Appalachian Power says it needs consumer help
(WOUB) - Appalachian Power says it needs consumer help in the way of higher rates to build a clean coal power plant in West Virginia.

In testimony submitted to the state Public Service Commission today, Appalachian says the proposed Mason County plant could be
operational by 2012 if the PSC grants final approval of the utility's application.

Appalachian parent American Electric Power wants to build a 629 megawatt plant next to its Mountaineer generating station in
New Haven. A clean coal plant burns gas made from coal to produce electricity.

The Ohio based utility says the PSC must approve Appalachian Power's request to adjust rates to recover the cost of building the more than two billion dollar plant.

AEP estimates that will require its West Virginia rates to increase about 12 percent by 2012.

Spokesman Pat Hemlepp says the company also plans to file papers with the Virginia State Corporation Commission so AEP customers in that state can help finance the project.

The utility says the plant is needed to control future restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions and to meet increased
demands for power.
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