PSC looking for comments on plant replacement

LOUISA, Ky. (AP) - The agency that regulates Kentucky's utilities is planning public meetings on a proposal that would allow the Big Sandy generating facility in Louisa to be retired.

The meetings are May 14 in Louisa and May 15 in Whitesburg and Hazard.

Kentucky Power is seeking approval from the state Public Service Commission to purchase a 50 percent interest in Ohio Power Company's Mitchell power plant south of Moundsville, W.Va.

Kentucky Power says in its application the purchase price of $536 million would be more than $404 million less than upgrading Big Sandy to meet stricter federal air quality standards.

Both units burn coal, but the PSC says in a news release the Mitchell plant has the equipment needed to comply with the new regulations.

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