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 the cost, an AARP survey found.
To oppose the rate hike, go to www.psc.state.wv.us and click on Submit a Comment and then Formal Case. Or write to PSC, 201 Brooks St., P.O. Box 812, Charleston, WV 25323. Either way, refer to case number 14-1152-E-42T.