Public Meeting on Proposed Longview II Power Plant in Monongalia County, WV

Public Meeting on Proposed Longview II Power Plant in Monongalia County, WV
….. MON VALLEY CLEAN AIR COALITION (MVCAC) …..

To Our Residents and Friends
On November 7, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm, the Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition is hosting a public meeting in the Monongalia Arts Center at 107 High Street in Morgantown. The purpose of this meeting is to provide a public forum to discuss the proposed Longview II gas-fired power plant and the tax breaks proposed for a PILOT Agreement (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes).

We believe that it is important for the public to be heard on any such huge projects that will affect our county for decades. In addition to financial considerations, there are air quality and public health to consider. And, it is now obvious that greenhouse gases are affecting our way of life here on earth. We are aware of other issues that deserve a hearing.

We will publicize the event and encourage members of the public to come to learn more about the proposed plant and to express their views. You will also be invited to speak, if you so wish. We hope to have a good turnout and encourage well-informed discussion.

Sincerely, Duane Nichols
Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition

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Subject: Longview Motion to Toll PSC Proceedings, October 30, 2019

Just an FYI, Longview yesterday filed a motion to “toll” the proceedings. Apparently, they have filed a joint application for their Siting Certificate (for the two power plants) and a Certificate of Need (for the associated transmission lines), and those have different timetables specified in different sections of state code. The Motion would allow Longview to delay certain deadlines to make a scheduling order more convenient.

I don’t see this as a major development, but it is a reminder that the Siting Certificate for the power plant(s) and the Certificate of Need operate under different sections of code.

Note that this change in statute was adopted by the Legislature within the last couple years as a way to expedite development of power plants. But it also means that a timetable may be much more accelerated than was the case with Longview I in 2004-05.

Case # 19-0890. The motion is at:
http://www.psc.state.wv.us/scripts/WebDocket/ViewDocument.cfm?CaseActivityID=528918&NotType=%27WebDocket%27

Jim Kotcon, Sierra Club of West Virginia, October 30, 2019

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See also: Longview Power applies for siting certificate for combined gas, solar facility in Monongalia County, WV | WV News | September 13, 2019