Power Rates to Increase for West Virginia Residents

WEST VIRGINIA - West Virginia power customers can expect to see an increase on their bills, but not quite yet. Potomac Edison and Monongahela Power are adding costs after a $48 million dollar vegetation management project was previously approved, and now the power company is proposing a base rate increase.

“When we take our base rate request the increase of $96 million and consider the additional $48 million that would move the typical residential customer Potomac Edison customer’s bill from $92 a month to about $106 a month,” said Todd Meyers, a spokesperson for the power company.

The power company says an additional $5 million or $6 million will also be proposed to cover the costs of the monthly meter readings. Monthly meter readings are set to begin next July, the result of a Public Service Commission investigation.

Some residents say they asked the Commission to launch the investigation and requested monthly meter readings for one year to get new data in the system, after they say too many estimates took place. Now, they say they are stuck paying extra for a mistake the power company made.

“People just can't afford that. There's been letter after letter hand written letters from senior citizens that have showed up in the docket on this case and it's just heartbreaking,” said West Virginia resident Keryn Newman.

The power company says they will file for the base rate increase on Friday, June 6th and they say there will be no changes on any bills until the rate proposals are authorized by the West Virginia Public Service Commission.

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