LOUISA, Kentucky — In a story Nov. 14 about Kentucky Power, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Attorney General Jack Conway asked for another hearing on the proposed closure of an eastern Kentucky power plant. The request was for another hearing on how Kentucky Power plans to supplement the power it currently receives from the Big Sandy plant. It would have no bearing on whether the plant stays open.
A corrected version of the story is below:
AG requests new hearing in Kentucky Power case
AG requests new hearing before the Public Service Commission in Kentucky Power case
LOUISA, Kentucky — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has asked for another hearing on how Kentucky Power plans to supplement electricity after the closure of an eastern Kentucky power plant.
WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/1aVvNtv) reports Conway filed paperwork with the Public Service Commission asking that it re-evaluate its decision in October to approve the company's request to purchase a 50 percent interest in a West Virginia plant. Conway says the PSC didn't have enough independent analysis on information before approving the move by Kentucky Power's parent company, American Electric Power.
"Ultimately this is a decision we believe helps AEP's shareholders and hurts Kentucky ratepayers," Conway spokesman Daniel Kemp said.
Officials at Kentucky Power denied the accusation and said there's no reason why the decision should be changed.
"Basically, we don't feel there's any grounds for what they filed, which is what we stated in our response," said Ranie Wohnhas, managing director of regulatory and finance with Kentucky Power. "So we'll just see what the Public Service Commission thinks."
AEP officials say costs to customers would be greater if the Big Sandy plant was upgraded to stay open.
Both sides say they expect the commission to render a ruling next week on whether a new hearing will occur.
The closure of the coal-fired plant is planned for 2015. The station reports the decision would affect about 173,000 people in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.