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Solar Advocacy: Say NO to higher electric bills for an old, expensive coal plant

Submit your comment by September 24
No more ratepayer subsidies for monopoly utilities!

What is happening

American Electric Power (AEP) is asking the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) to let it charge AEP ratepayers for the additional costs required to keep the aging and expensive coal-fired Mitchell Power Plant open through 2040.

AEP admits that it will cost ratepayers $450 million more over the next 30 years to keep the Mitchell plant operating rather than closing it in 2028. That’s an average of $16 million more per year!

West Virginians can’t afford to subsidize costly upgrades for an old coal plant. Solar United Neighbors (SUN), WV Citizen Action Group (WVCAG), and Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) are co-intervening in this case. We’re defending West Virginia ratepayers like you. We are asking the PSC to allow AEP to close the plant in 2028.

We need your help! The PSC needs to hear from ratepayers like you. Tell the PSC you don’t want your hard-earned money used to subsidize old, expensive power plants like Mitchell.

More ways to act:

The Public Service Commission is holding hearing on this issue Friday, September 24. The hearing will start at 8 a.m. It is being held in the Howard M. Cunningham Hearing Room of the Public Service Commission in Charleston. The address is: 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, WV 25301.

If you would like to participate virtually, send your name, email address, and telephone number by email to [email protected]. Make the subject “Public Comment Hearing – Case No. 20-1040-E-CN”. You will receive a confirmation email with directions on how to access the link to the hearing.

Take action!

Say NO to higher electric bills for an old, expensive coal plant! Tell the PSC not to spend more of our hard-earned money on old, expensive power plants, and to instead invest in modern clean energy development.