PSC says efforts to force Mon Power to seek bids before acquiring additional generating capacity 'premature'

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has denied a staff petition that would have required Mon Power Company to seek competitive bids before increasing capacity.

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The PSC said the petition, filed by its Consumer Advocate Division, was premature because the utility had yet to determine the extent of its energy needs. To resolve challenges to its acquisition of the Harrison power station three years ago, Mon Power had agreed to seek competitive bids if its shortfall reached 100 megawatts or more.

READ THE FULL REPORT IN THE STATE JOURNAL.