The state Public Service Commission is trying to figure out the effect a Virginia regulatory commission decision had on three Appalachian Power cases currently on the agency's docket.
On Aug. 1, Virginia's State Corporation Commission weighed in on Appalachian Power's plan to buy portions of two West Virginia power plants, approving one but rejecting the other.
The decision left APCo confused as to how it will proceed, and now it looks like the West Virginia PSC is feeling the same way.
It's a complicated matter involving three cases before the commission:
With several coal-fired power plants set to go offline in 2015, APCo officials say the purchase is necessary to boost the company's generating capacity.
Environmental and consumer advocates have criticized the proposed $1 billion transaction, saying it was an AEP maneuver to dump more costly coal-fired assets onto Appalachian customers.
Virginia regulators partially sided with those groups. They approved the Wheeling-APCo merger and the Amos purchase but rejected the Mitchell transaction, saying it presented too many risks.