By Brett Dunlap, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A U.S. Representative from West Virginia wants answers on the supposed benefits of wind and solar power before the nation commits to eliminating gas and coal generation.
David McKinley, R-1st, was in Parkersburg Monday talking about technology for carbon capture and the need to invest in that as opposed to eliminating coal- and gas-powered generation in favor of solar and wind forms of generation.
The congressman talked about the Mitchell Power Plant in Marshall County and hearings before the state Public Service Commission for a 1.5 percent rate increase and updates to the facility, the fourth largest power plant in the state, which would require $150 million to $200 million to address environmental improvements dealing with river and fly ash emissions. An issue is half the facility is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and questions arose if both sides can’t find a common way forward to address the needs, McKinley said.
“I don’t want it to go dark,” McKinley said, adding he has talked to different people and companies about investing in the facility if Kentucky does not want to continue with it…