PSC holds hearing on proposed Pleasants Power Station transfer

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (WDTV) - Dozens of people gathered at the Monongalia County Judicial Center in Morgantown on September 12 to speak in front of the Public Service Commission on their thoughts on the proposed transfer of Pleasants Power Station.

Some who are in favor of the acquisition told the council they're worried more than 240 jobs would be lost if this doesn't take place. Some business owners also said their businesses would be affected if the transfer doesn't go through.

Meanwhile, those opposed to the transfer say monthly bills will go up and the Mountain State should focus on using renewable energy instead.

"They suggested rates will not go up but they will," said John Lozier, who attended the hearing to oppose the transfer. "A scientific and economic study clearly indicates that fossil fuels are declining importance and people are looking for alternative energy."

According to Mon Power, the proposed purchase will lower monthly bills for the typical Mon Power and Potomac Edison West Virginia residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per month. It would drop about $1 per month, or $12 per year.

They also say it will help preserve coal-related jobs and provide other economic benefits.

"In Mon Power we have some projected needs for power here and in the near future and in a couple of years," said Todd Meyers, Mon Power Spokesman. "We see the need of power in shortfall from the plants that we have that generate that power to what our customers need growing up to 1,300 megawatts by 2027."

An evidentiary hearing on this matter is set for September 26-28 in Charleston.