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In limbo and in need of upgrades

Pictured is the John E. Amos coal-fired generating plant in Winfield. It’s one of three plants that Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power are asking West Virginia state utility regulators to approve $448.3 million in federally required environmental upgrades for after regulators in Kentucky and Virginia rejected their requests to approve wastewater treatment compliance work at the facilities, leaving the plants’ future in limbo.

Keeping the lights on in West Virginia used to be cheap.

In 2005, West Virginia had the lowest average residential electricity retail price in the nation, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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