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Mitchell Plant May Power Ky.

December 20, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - AEP Ohio may transfer half-ownership of its Mitchell Plant in Moundsville to a Kentucky AEP subisidiary to make up for a plant it will close.

Kentucky Power is planning to shut down an 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in eastern Kentucky that was once slated for nearly $1 billion in environmental upgrades.

Kentucky Power announced Wednesday it would retire Big Sandy Power Plant's Unit 2 near Louisa in 2015. The utility, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, withdrew a plan in May to spend $940 million to add a scrubber that would produce cleaner emissions at the plant.

Kentucky Power said Wednesday it would instead draw about 780 megawatts of power for the region from the Mitchell Generating Station in Marshall County.

In a plan filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission this week, 50 percent ownership of the Mitchell plant would be transferred to Kentucky Power. The transfer plan must be approved by the Public Service Commission.

AEP officials did not respond to calls for comment Wednesday night.

Kentucky Power has 173,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.

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