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Two environmental groups are contesting an application filed with the Public Service Commission by an eastern Kentucky power company. They say retrofitting the Big Sandy power plant to continue burning coal will be more expensive than the company reported.

In December, Kentucky Power filed an application with the Public Service Commission to spend $940 million retrofitting the Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County. The plant burns coal, and the company—which is owned by American Electric Power—is asking for PSC approval to install pollution controls and continue burning coal.

But the new filings in the case by the Sierra Club and Earthjustice argue that the company low-balled the estimated cost, and that the plant retrofit isn’t the most cost-effective option. Lauren McGrath of the Sierra Club’s Kentucky chapter says the group hired consulting firm Synapse Energy to analyze AEP’s proposal. [click to continue…]

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