WV groups join forces to block any sale of Pleasants power plant to Mon Power

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Public interest groups are organizing resistance to a rumored sale of an aging West Virginia coal-fired power plant to Monongahela Power and its sister agency, Potomac Edison.

Mon Power had issued a request for preliminary expressions of interest in mid-December for 1,300 megawatts of additional generating capacity, and gave companies that passed its pre-qualification test until Feb. 3 to submit a formal proposal.

With that deadline just days away, a coalition of economic and ratepayer advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, businesses and elected officials have launched West Virginians For Energy Freedom — a coalition aimed at stopping FirstEnergy Corp. from shoring up the solvency of one of its subsidiaries in Ohio's de-regulated energy market at the expense of its West Virginia customer base.

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