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Louisa meeting at 5:00 next Tuesday for Ky. PSC

discussion into where AEP buys its energy;

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a meeting and teleconference next week to take public comments on the proposal by Kentucky Power Co. to purchase replacement electric generating capacity in order to retire the Big Sandy generating facility near Louisa.

Both the meeting and the teleconference will begin with a presentation by PSC staff on the regulatory processes governing the case and an overview of the Kentucky Power proposal.
      

The presentation by PSC staff and a question-and-answer period will begin at 5 p.m. EDT each day and last an hour. Public comments will follow at 6 p.m. EDT.

A local group has formed a petition, County Attorney Mike Hogan said. He said he had 600 - 700 signers. He has yet to send a copy of the petition or what it asks for.
 Hogan did say it was an effort to put together a plan for development and not a handout.

Hogan said the power plant closing could hurt the local economy by a reduction of taxes paid the local taxing districts by Ky. Power. He said the downward spiral of coal in the local economy also should influence many citizens here to become more involved.

He also did not say what purchasing electricity in Hazard instead of Louisa will do. The coal used at the Big Sandy Plant is mostly non local but a good deal is purchased from the region.

A representative of the Sierra Club explained in an op-ed story that AEP has a moral and fiducial responsibility to assist in the development of impacted areas. (See Lazer Ediorials/Letters and go back a few months).

For those unable to attend a meeting, the presentation will be posted on the PSC website, psc.ky.gov, no later than the morning of the Louisa meeting.
      

The teleconference will be broadcast live on the PSC website. A video recording of the Louisa meeting will be made available on the PSC website.
      

Kentucky Power is seeking PSC approval of an agreement to purchase a 50 percent interest in Ohio Power Company’s Mitchell power plant, which is south of Moundsville, West Virginia. Kentucky Power and Ohio Power are both subsidiaries of American Electric Power Co.
      

The 780 megawatts of capacity from Mitchell would nearly replace the 800 megawatts generated by the larger of two units at the Big Sandy plant.
       Kentucky Power has about 173,400 customers in 20 counties in eastern Kentucky. American Electric Power Co. is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and has about five million customers in 11 states.
      

The Kentucky Power application and related documents are available on the PSC Web site. The case number is 2012-00578.
   

In addition to the public meetings, the PSC will conduct a formal evidentiary hearing in the case beginning at 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 29. The hearing will be held at the PSC offices at 211 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort. It will be open to the public and may be viewed live on the PSC website.
   

Written comments will be accepted through the conclusion of the evidentiary hearing. They may be mailed to the PSC at P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, KY 40602, faxed to 502-564-9625, e-mailed from the PSC website or submitted in person at the public meetings or at the PSC offices.
  

The PSC is an independent agency attached for administrative purposes to the Energy and Environment Cabinet. It regulates more than 1,500 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities operating in Kentucky and has approximately 90 employees. 
  

Lazer Editor Mark Grayson contributed to this story.   


 

Meeting times and locations:
 

LOUISA (meeting)
       Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EDT
       Lawrence County Community Center
       205 Bulldog Lane
        
   WHITESBURG(teleconference)
       Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EDT
       Room 203
       Whitesburg Campus, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
       2 Long Avenue
        
     HAZARD (teleconference)
       Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 5:00 pm EDT
       Multipurpose room
       University Center of the Mountains (UCM)
       Hazard Community and Technical College Main Campus
       One Community College Drive (Highway 15 South)

See story from last week HERE

Comments  

 
#13 really 2013-05-16 09:45
AEP is a business, why would they invest millions in 07' getting the Mitchell plant up to date, and then turn around and invest millions in the Big Sandy plant getting it up to date when their investment on the Mitchell plant still isn't paid for??? AEP executives knew this in 07', Big Sandy customers would go broke trying to pay their electric bills paying for the Mitchell plant investment and the Big Sandy plant investment that AEP would have to invest to get the Big Sandy plant up to date. Like I said AEP is a business, it's not just invested in LC. The only thing the power plant here really provided was tax dollars to the county, and tons of pollution both in the air and on the ground, hell google it and look at the massive dam holding all pollution back from spilling into Blaine Creek it's scary as hell. The pollution it puts into the river is bad to, over the years it has spewed out nothing but toxins that people breath, eat, and drink. There are a lot of new businesses in LC and I'm sure we'll adjust just fine. A lot of mines are hiring, and a lot of coal is being exported, so I think LC will be fine, in fact I believe we'll be a lot better off. The plant will shut down and I know a lot of people that are beating a dead horse. How are we going to ever clean up the pollution that has been dumped over the last 40+ yrs. right across the highway, like I said google it and see what you think, it's sickening what having the power plant in LC has done to our environment, our kids kid's will still be dealing with the mess, it's sad what people will do for a DOLLAR. I respect your opinion though, but I think LC will adjust fine and I believe LC will be a lot better off in the long run, especially our environment and health.
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#12 intheknow 2013-05-15 21:46
To Really, Heres what I know and the best I can explain it. AEP invested millions of dollars at Mitchell Plant in 2007 for enviromental upgrades to meet regulations in 2007. Since that time the state of Ohio has deregulated their electric generation. This means the customers can purchase their electric from who they choose.Since all of this has been going on AEP has lost of 50 percent of their customers in the state of Ohio to cheaper companies. So lets go back to Mitchell Plant which sits in WV but is owned by Ohio Power and is paid for by Ohio customers. If over 50 percent has left them there are not enough left to pay for the Mitchell upgrades plus also they do not need as much generation in that state. So what is AEP to do. Big investment and no way to pay for it. Their decision is to try to dump the assets on Ky which is still a regulated state with a guaranted profit. The only thing the state of Ky has to gain in this is the loss of jobs. Big Sandys jobs are only a small few compared to what it is going to effect.If the commision approves this transfer which I am sure they will they will be rewarding them for bad business decisions and loosing customers at Ky's expense because we will be paying for Mitchell which wiil not be buying Ky Coal and not utilizing Ky labor or anything else.We will not be getting any tax money from this plant or anything else only paying for it.
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#11 really 2013-05-15 09:03
Quoting intheknow:
To Really, You never did answer my question from my first post. I am still waiting.

I thought you gave up, and no I don't know what each megawatt cost. So now that I've answered that, are you saying AEP and the EPA are lying, and why would they shut down a perfectly good power plant??? Now can you answer/explain their decision and why they're making it...Especially since your "in the know", please tell everyone why AEP/EPA are lying, and why they're shutting down a perfectly good plant...We're waiting...You must think the people that are making those decisions are stupid and a bunch of liars that just hate East Ky, so that's why they're shutting it down. When the real truth is right in your face, but since your "in the know", please explain their decision...
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#10 intheknow 2013-05-14 21:43
To Really, You never did answer my question from my first post. I am still waiting.
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#9 intheknow 2013-05-13 21:19
To Really, I give up. I will no longer stoop to your level.
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#8 really 2013-05-13 08:17
Quoting intheknow:
To Really,As far as Big Sandy being gone, I really don't care one way or another, I will RETIRE. AEP's web site says one thing, What they want to tell you. EPA's web site says another, What they want to tell you.. You say Big Sandy is to old.It was built in 1969. The plant they want to sell you power from was built in 1971. Not much differance. Oh by the way guess who will pay for my and others retirement. You will. LOL You do not have a clue what you are saying or talking about.

So your saying AEP is lying and so is the EPA, then why shut a plant down that is in great shape and doing so well??? I guess the people that make those decisions are a bunch of idiots, and your the "in the know", then why are they shutting down a perfectly good plant??? I'll let you answer that since your in the know...PS, I'm already retired and you've been paying for it a long time, so thank you very much...The old plant will cost to much to fix the problems, this is a business decision for AEP and their customers. Numbers are what counts, peoples electric bills would go through the roof if they got the old plant up to date and legal. AEP's own website says so, but I guess they're lying and so is the EPA...What do you think is a good solution???
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#7 intheknow 2013-05-12 18:58
To Really,As far as Big Sandy being gone, I really don't care one way or another, I will RETIRE. AEP's web site says one thing, What they want to tell you. EPA's web site says another, What they want to tell you.. You say Big Sandy is to old.It was built in 1969. The plant they want to sell you power from was built in 1971. Not much differance. Oh by the way guess who will pay for my and others retirement. You will. LOL You do not have a clue what you are saying or talking about.
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#6 really 2013-05-11 16:27
Quoting John Han[censored]:
Bye the way it is a misconception that steam has been phased out . It is still the preferred way of transforming energy for processes in industry, utilities and the military . This is because of it's efficiency , and flexibility . It retains the energy introduced into it whether from coal , gas , nuclear or electricity.The medium that does the work is the steam regardless of the energy source . The Big Sandy Plant is not an old worn out plant but one that has been constantly repaired and upgraded and is very reliable - much better shape than other 800 mw plants in the AEP system such as Mitchell or John Amos . All of these plants were built within a few years of each other but Big Sandy consistently outperformed the others - and still can .

If it can out perform the others and is so much better, then why is AEP shutting it down??? Because it cost to much to FIX IT...AEP's website says it all and so does the EPA website...What I meant with steam is, unlike the past when all engines were powered with steam, when gas/oil came along steam engines used in abundance was a thing of the past, just like solar, wind, and natural gas is going to do to the dirty coal industry...We don't drive to town with a steam engine? Now do you get what I meant. The plant is a ash dump, and a water/ air polluter. Thank God for cleaner energy...
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#5 really 2013-05-11 16:18
AEP website said it would cost more to get the big sandy plant up to date. The natural gas plant is small, but you had to know they would use it, and you had to know the big sandy plant is a thing of the past. Another thing the EPA says the big sandy plant causes tons of toxins to flow into the air, and it also pollutes the river which now has tons of toxic mercury. I didn't say it was the cause of everyone's problems. I hate to see anyone lose their job, but the plant only hired family and sucks since it was built. The aep website makes a comparison of getting the old plant up to date and getting power from somewhere else and it's a hell of a lot cheaper. If you work there of course your going to be biased, but you might as well say BYE, BYE because it's gone, and so is the smoke and toxins it puts off...It's a thing of the past, that's not an opinion, it's a fact of life that people will have to deal with. Now the cancer rate will drop dramatically in this area. Our environment is more important than 10-20 jobs at the plant. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Nothing but a ash dump. Bye,Bye coal smoke, and hello fresh air. You people are beating a dead horse, times have change and so has technology. Bye, Bye......
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#4 John Hancock 2013-05-11 11:31
Bye the way it is a misconception that steam has been phased out . It is still the preferred way of transforming energy for processes in industry, utilities and the military . This is because of it's efficiency , and flexibility . It retains the energy introduced into it whether from coal , gas , nuclear or electricity.The medium that does the work is the steam regardless of the energy source . The Big Sandy Plant is not an old worn out plant but one that has been constantly repaired and upgraded and is very reliable - much better shape than other 800 mw plants in the AEP system such as Mitchell or John Amos . All of these plants were built within a few years of each other but Big Sandy consistently outperformed the others - and still can .
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#3 Ginger 2013-05-10 21:12
Dear Really: Cheaper today does not mean cheaper tomorrow...I've heard and seen that song and dance before; and, according to AARP, and as for toxins making people sick, the leading cause of death in the USA is mistakes and infections that occur in hospitals. In addition, have you ever thought about how much "hairspray" ends up in your lungs? You had better hope the coal and power keep moving in Lawrence County or say goodbye to city and county services.
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#2 intheknow 2013-05-10 16:20
To Really, If you are talking about the gas plant just down the road, it is a peaker plant. Big Sandy still produces electric a lot cheaper. If you want to buy it from them u better get your wallet out. LOL If you are so smart tell me what it costs to generate a megawatt at each plant. I will wait for your answer. By the way I work at Big Sandy and I know the answer.
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#1 really 2013-05-10 13:04
I can't believe people seemed so surprised by this taking place. Once the natural gas power plant was built you had to know that most coal powered plants would be phased out, and the cost of keeping the old plant up and running is way more of a cost to electric bill payer's like me and you. Where ever they get the power from is going to be cheaper than fixing the old power plant, which has been spewing toxins in the air for way too long. Just like steam, coal will be phased out, it's just a sign of the times...
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