A House panel has approved a bill designed to save about 80 jobs at a coal-fired power plant in eastern
But the president of Kentucky Power said if the plant stays open, the company would have to raise power rates by 30 percent.
Democratic Rep. Rocky Adkins of
sponsored the bill that would force the Kentucky Public Service Commission to
reconsider its decision to allow Kentucky Power to close the Big Sandy Power
Plant in Louisa. Kentucky Power President Greg Pauley told lawmakers it would
cost $1 billion to retrofit the power plant - a cost the company would pass on
to its customers.
The committee approved the bill Thursday on a 12-2 vote, with five lawmakers voting "pass."