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W.Va. PSC to hear power plant purchase arguments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The Public Service Commission is set to hear Appalachian Power's request to purchase a coal plant.

Ohio-based American Electric Power Co. wants to transfer its John Amos plant near St. Albans and its Mitchell facility near Moundsville to Appalachian Power, a Charleston subsidiary.

Appalachian Power and other parties to the case will present evidence to the Commission Tuesday through Thursday in the proposed $1 billion transaction.

West Virginia Citizen Action Group and other groups intervened and are asking the agency to block the sale. They argue is not in the best interest of Appalachian Power ratepayers and that the utility company did not adequately evaluate alternatives.