FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Some Maryland opponents of a proposed multistate power line are asking state regulators to dismiss the project because they say it may not be needed.

The Frederick-based Sugarloaf Conservancy filed the motion Tuesday with the Maryland Public Service Commission.

It alleges that the Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power Co. and Allegheny Energy Inc. of Greensburg, Pa., failed to consider alternatives to the 275-mile, $2.1 billion project.

The motion makes the same claim about PJM Interconnector, the regional electrical grid manager.

The companies say the proposed Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline across parts of West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland is needed to ensure reliable energy in the future.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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