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Appalachian Power Looks to Bring Solar, Wind into Energy Mix

Solar panels arriving in Fayette County.

Appalachian Power is looking to diversify its energy profile by moving toward a greater reliance on solar and wind energy.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the company will continue to rely on coal-fired power plants to supply most of the energy for its West Virginia customers. But the Appalachian Power said in documents recently filed with the state’s Public Service Commission that it also plans to increase its renewable energy capacity by more than 9 percent by 2025.

First Energy subsidiaries, Mon Power and Potomac Edison, say they’ll continue to provide their nearly 400,000 customers with electricity primarily from coal-fired power plants. First Energy’s resource plan show that the company is also considering purchasing another existing coal-fired power plant to meet its capacity shortfall.