FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Public Service Commission has conditionally approved a proposal by Kentucky Power Co. to purchase half interest in a power plant in West Virginia to supply electricity in parts of eastern Kentucky.
That agreement came after Kentucky Power withdrew an earlier proposal to retrofit the 800-megawatt Big Sandy plant north of Louisa with an emission-removing scrubber, opting to close the plant instead.
On Monday, the PSC authorized Kentucky Power to purchase a 50 percent interest in Ohio Power Co.'s 780-megawatt Mitchell plant south of Moundsville, W.Va. Both are subsidiaries of American Electric Power Co.
The Sierra Club heralded the overall agreement as "an important moment in Kentucky history."
Kentucky Power also agreed to double its energy efficiency investments incrementally over the next three years from $3 million to $6 million.