Kentucky Power offers plan to improve plant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Power Co. is asking the Public
Service Commission to approve its plans to spend about $940 million at its Big Sandy Power Plant in eastern Kentucky.

The company says the request also seeks to recover costs after
the system is operational sometime in 2016. If it's approved, a
Kentucky Power residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per
month would pay $31 more monthly, an increase of about 31 percent.

The project would build a scrubber system on the plant's
800-megawatt electricity generation unit near Louisa. The company
says the scrubber system is needed to meet federal Environmental
Protection Agency regulations.

Kentucky Power has 173,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky
counties. It is an operating unit of American Electric Power, one
of the largest electric utilities in the U.S.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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