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 million net increase in current rates. The proposed increase includes a $95.7 million base rate increase, a $48.4 million surcharge for expenses related to vegetation management. Separately, First Energy requested revised depreciation rates that would require a $17 million increase in annual revenues for the operating companies, incorporated into the aforementioned base rate request.
In June, First Energy amended its filing to include $7.5 million in projected costs associated with monthly meter reading requirements, which resulted from a general billing investigation and order by the WV PSC.
The WV PSC will host a series of public hearings on this rate case (WV PSC Case #14-0702-E-42T) in three communities during the month of October:
Wednesday, October 1: 1 p.m. & 6 p.m., Days Hotel Conference Center, 350 Days Drive.
Thursday, October 2: 1 p.m. & 6 p.m., Waterfront Place Hotel, 2 Waterfront Place
Monday, October 6: 1 p.m. & 6 p.m., Shepherd University Frank Arts Center, 260 University Drive
The WV PSC will hold evidentiary hearings on the case October 28-31 in Charleston. Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers may submit comments online at www.psc.state.wv.us by selecting the “Submit A Comment” link, or mail public comment to the West Virginia Public Service Commission, 201 Brooks Street, PO Box 812, Charleston, WV 25323. (Reference PSC Case Number #14-0702-E-42T ).
AARP WV Media Contact: Tom Hunter, 304.340.4605, email@example.com