West Virginia PSC to Hold Public Comment Hearing on Coal-Fired Power Plant Case | VM News
CHARLESTON, Va. (WV News) – The Civil Service Commission has scheduled a public comment hearing for a reopened case that will affect the future of three coal-fired power plants.
On August 4, the PSC granted Appalachian Power Co. and Wheeling Power Co. a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to make the internal changes necessary to comply with federal environmental regulations at the Amos, Mountaineer, and Mitchell coal-fired power plants. .
This order allowed the plants to remain operational until 2040. The commission also authorized companies to apply a surcharge in order to recover construction costs.
On September 9, the commission reopened the case on a request from APCo and WPCo, and set a procedural timetable including a date for hearing evidence for next Friday. On September 15, the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, Solar United Neighbors and Energy Efficient West Virginia, an intervener in the case, filed a request for a public comment hearing.
The commission will hold a public comment hearing from 8 am to 9 am next Friday in the Howard M. Cunningham courtroom of the Public Service Commission, 201 Brooks Street in Charleston.
Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged. The panel will hold the evidentiary hearing on the issues raised in the reopening petition and the responses following the public comments hearing. The hearing of the evidence will begin at 9:30 a.m.