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September 20, 2018
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
License hearing for AEP's clean coal plant to begin today
(WOUB) - The question of regulatory approval for American Electric Power Company's first so-called clean coal generating
plant figures to come down to cost.
No one objects to the utility company's proposed clean coal plant for West Virginia per se. But electricity
consumers in the Mountain State have plenty of questions about who will pay and when they'll start ponying up for the
$2.33 billion plant.
A public hearing on a license for the plant -- proposed for Mason County -- is scheduled to begin today before the Public Service Commission.
The official who directs the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division is objecting to a request to start raising electric rates during construction. He wants the plant to wait until it begins producing
power in 2012. Harris also wants the PSC to cap construction costs ahead of time.
But a spokeswoman for AEP says raising the rates during construction helps avoid big hikes later. She says the costs are merely projections and the company would go back to the PSC annually with actual costs, for PSC to verify.
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