Power plant sale a bad idea

The League of Women Voters of West Virginia opposes the sale of the Harrison power plant to Mon Power. In a vote by the state board of directors, the League supported the appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals by the West Virginia Citizen Action Group.

WVCAG is asking that the approval by the West Virginia Public Service Commission of Mon Power’s purchase of the Harrison power plant be vacated because the sale violates state law and because it will increase electric rates for West Virginia taxpayers.

By transferring the Harrison power plant to a West Virginia Public Service Commission regulated plant, Mon Power will be guaranteed that its costs will be borne by ratepayers rather than having to compete in the market. The cost of the Harrison plant included a markup by the owner, First Energy.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages participation of citizens in government and works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Nancy Novak

Vienna