Appalachian Power Seeks to Dismantle 2 Power Plants

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Appalachian Power has asked West Virginia regulators to allow the company to dismantle the Philip Sporn Power Plant in Mason County and the Glen Lyn plant in Giles County, Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Public Service Commission of West Virginia had previously asked Appalachian Power to examine the future of those plants. They also urged the company to maintain the Kanawha River plant in Glasgow for at least four years to see if it would be cost effective for that plant to transition to natural gas.

Appalachian Power officials said Thursday that the Sporn and Glen Lyn plants should be dismantled because converting those two plants to natural gas would not be as cost-effective as converting the Kanawha River plant would be.