17 Percent Rate Hike Pending for Electric Users

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy American Electric Power—which operates Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power—has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia to approve a $226 million rate hike to improve infrastructure and recover from storm damage. The rate hike could raise monthly bills by 17 percent on average for about 477,000 customers in 24 counties. AARP opposes the increase. About 42 percent of West Virginians age 45-plus use only electricity to heat their homes, and 58 percent are very or extremely concerned about …

WV PSC Sets Public Hearings On Proposed AEP 17 Percent Rate Hike

Posted on 10/31/2014 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Advocacy AARP West Virginia is encouraging West Virginians served by Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, American Electric Power’s (AEP) operating electric utility providers in the Mountain State, to attend a series of upcoming public hearings, as the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (WV PSC) considers approval of a proposed 17 percent rate hike that will impact approximately 476,000 customers in 23 West Virginia counties. Earlier this year, AEP filed a request with the WV PSC for a $226 million increase …

WV PSC Sets October Public Hearings On Proposed First Energy 17 Percent Rate Hike

Posted on 09/4/2014 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Advocacy AARP West Virginia is encouraging West Virginians served by Mon Power and Potomac Edison, First Energy Corp.’s operating electric utility providers in the Mountain State, to attend a series of upcoming public hearings, as the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (WV PSC) considers approval of a proposed 17 percent rate hike that will impact approximately 525,000 customers in 40 West Virginia counties. In April, Mon Power and Potomac Edison filed a request with the WV PSC for a $144 …

Fighting to Restore Money for In-home Care

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy West Virginia is pressing to expand the Medicaid Aged and Disabled Waiver Program, which helps state residents continue to live at home as they age, rather than moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility. About 9 in 10 older Americans want to stay at home as they age, AARP research shows, and in-home services usually are more cost-effective than institutional care. The program provides in-home services—such as help with bathing—for about 6,000 West Virginians. About an additional 2,000 …

AARP WV Outlines 2014 State Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Advocacy Caregiving, consumer protections, retirement security among session goals for 50+ West Virginians AARP West Virginia’s legislative agenda for the 2014 West Virginia Legislature is focused on legislative action in the areas of caregiving, retirement security, elder abuse and consumer protections. Prior to the 2014 West Virginia Legislative session, AARP West Virginia commissioned a statewide survey, which gathered opinions from West Virginians 45+ on key issues impacting older residents and their families. AARP West Virginia staff and volunteers are maintaining a …

Safer Roads for All Users

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy A new West Virginia law strongly supported by AARP aims to improve the safety of and access to roadways for all users, including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, those taking public transportation, and people with disabilities. The Complete Streets Act requires all transportation projects receiving federal or state funds to “strive to improve safety, access and mobility for users of all ages and abilities.” The law also requires a 16-member Complete Streets Advisory Board to submit yearly reports starting Dec. 1 on …