AEP, FirstEnergy Press Case to Keep Unprofitable Plants Open

  • Utilities say energy regulator should steer clear of dispute
  • Opponents say plan amounts to bailout of coal generators

American Electric Power Co. and FirstEnergy Corp. defended a plan to keep money-losing coal plants open in Ohio, which opponents say would disrupt the biggest U.S. power market and saddle customers with billions of dollars in extra costs.

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