House OKs bill related to Big Sandy Power Plant

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would require the state's Public Service Commission to reconsider its decision allowing Kentucky Power Co. to shutter part of the Big Sandy Power Plant at Louisa.

The bill co-sponsored by Democratic House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins cleared the House on a 62-34 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the Senate.

The measure would require the PSC to reconsider any multistate deal rejected by another state. Adkins says the decision to close part of the plant sent "shockwaves" through the region and will cost jobs, revenue and demand for Kentucky coal.

Kentucky Power president Greg Pauley has said the plant needed a $1 billion renovation to comply with federal emissions standards. Instead, Pauley decided to close part of the plant and purchase half of the Mitchell Power Plant for $536 million.

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The legislation is House Bill 573.

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