MORGANTOWN — Mon Power and Potomac Edison’s proposed purchase of the coal-fired Pleasants Power Station from FirstEnergy sister company Allegheny Energy Supply drew 34 residents to a Sept. 12 Public Service Commission hearing in Morgantown.

Twenty-one people spoke against the deal while 13 supported it.

The PSC has also been accepting submitted comments, Commission chair Michael Albert told the attendees. That input has been a bit more lopsided, with 995 opposing it and 36 supporting it.

This was the third hearing on the issue; the previous two occurred in Parkersburg and Martinsburg. This hearing took place in a Monongalia County Justice Center Courtroom.

The purchase aims to make up for a projected generating capacity shortfall for the two companies. The proposed transaction price is $195 million, and the companies project it will lead to a rate reduction of about $1 per month for the average residential customer.

The companies are seeking approval for the deal from the state Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Albert told attendees that the PSC does not have a definite date to offer a decision. Evidentiary hearings are set for Sept. 26-28.