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Appalachian Power Settles Lawsuits With Coal Supplier In Ohio, New York

The Mitchell Plant's cooling towers and exhaust stack send columns of steam and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere on an overcast summer day.
The Wheeling Power/Kentucky Power Mitchell Plant in Marshall County, West Virginia.
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Appalachian Power has settled two lawsuits it filed last year against one of its largest coal suppliers.

In court filings in Columbus, Ohio, and New York City this week, Appalachian Power has settled its lawsuits against American Consolidated Natural Resources.

Appalachian Power sued ACNR last year, alleging the coal producer failed to deliver coal under contract and contributed to a shortage of coal at three West Virginia power plants in 2021 and last year.

ACNR countersued, claiming Appalachian Power failed to arrange for delivery of the coal.

Coal supplies came under pressure as the COVID-19 pandemic eased and demand for electricity increased.

Appalachian Power came up short on coal in late 2021 and early 2022 for its Amos, Mitchell and Mountaineer plants. Coal prices and supplies have become more stable in recent months.

ACNR is the company that emerged from the reorganization of Murray Energy following its bankruptcy.

Appalachian Power is an underwriter of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.