Regulators hear from power plant supporters at hearing

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 11:28 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia utility regulators heard from several people who support keeping a Marshall County power plant open as long as possible. News outlets report the Public Service Commission held a public hearing Wednesday to get feedback on a request from Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power to make federal environmental upgrades that are required to keep three coal-fired generating facilities running.

The utility submitted different options for consideration, including closing the Mitchell plant in 2028. More than 20 people - including state lawmakers - said they supported keeping it open. The lawmakers said it would be worth rate increases to pay for compliance work.

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