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PSC rejects PATH line

By Staff | Dec 16, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Staff members with the West Virginia Public Service Commission are again asking that an application for a multistate power line be dismissed.

Staff say new information has come to light and commissioners need to dismiss the current proceedings and start again.

Developers of the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH, say the 765-kilovolt line is needed to meet projected power demand along the East Coast by 2015.

But in a filing last week, PSC staff say the planned upgrade of another power line in West Virginia could meet that projected demand for hundreds of millions of dollars less.

The proposed line would run from American Electric Power’s John Amos plant in West Virginia, through northern Virginia, to a substation near Kemptown, Md.