CHARLESTON The Public Service Commission announced four public meetings for comment on a proposed $297 million rate increase from Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power.
The utility companies requested the rate increase in April with the filing of Expanded Net Energy Cost petitions. The companies cited the increase to recoup costs because of changes in fuel and purchased power.
A monthly residential power bill for $1,000 kilowatt hours is around $155, according to Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power. If the rate increase is approved, customers using 1,000 kilwatt-hours of electricity can expect an increase of $18.41 beginning September first.
Several county commissions have voiced opposition to the requests including Fayette,
Kanawha, McDowell, Mercer and Mingo counties
Huntington and Princeton city councils have adopted resolutions protesting the rate increase request.
Four public comment periods are scheduled:
June 22: Ohio County Courthouse in Wheeling
June 27: Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton
June 28: Cabell County Courthouse in Huntington
July 26: PSC headquarter in Charleston
All of the events are open to the public and begin at 5:30 p.m.