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Judge Affirms Kentucky Power Purchase

A judge has affirmed the right of Kentucky Power Company to purchase part of a West Virginia power plant.

The (Ashland, Kentucky) Independent reports the ruling in Franklin Circuit Court rejected an appeal filed by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, which sought to overturn the approval of the state's Public Service Commission.

The order issued April 10 states the Public Service Commission acted within its authority in approving the 50 percent purchase of the coal-fired Mitchell Plant in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Kentucky Power chose to purchase the plant rather than the more expensive option of investing in an old generating unit to meet EPA regulations.

Kentucky Power President and COO Greg Pauley said the decision is good news for customers.