CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Opposition is mounting to Mon Power's proposed purchase of a coal-fired power plant in north-central West Virginia — a deal critics say is overvalued and would unfairly raise rates.

In letters to the Public Service Commission, critics also say the $1.1 billion purchase of the Harrison Power Station from sister company Allegheny Energy Supply would lock the utility into a system too reliant on coal. Both are subsidiaries of Ohio-based FirstEnergy.

The PSC has scheduled hearings in Charleston for May 29-31. The deal would also require approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Charleston Gazette says opponents include West Virginia Citizen Action Group, the Sierra Club, and West Virginia Energy Users Group.

FirstEnergy says the deal is good for the state and ensures a reliable long-term power supply.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,