Allegheny Energy and the state Public Service Commission's consumer advocate have reached a settlement over the routing of a new multistate power line in northern West Virginia.
Consumer Advocate Byron Harris said Monday's settlement addresses many of the concerns raised by project opponents.
Under the agreement, landowners affected by the line would receive up to 1,000 kilowatts of free electricity a month for as long as the line is in operation. The utility also agreed not to clear-cut the right of way and not to conduct aerial herbicide spraying.
The PSC starts hearings this week on whether the power line is needed. The Pennsylvania-to-Virginia line would be built by Allegheny Energy subsidiary Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co.