Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

March 4, 2014

Appalachian Power seeks 4.4 percent increase in West Virginia

CHARLESTON —  Appalachian Power is seeking approval for a 4.4 percent rate increase in West Virginia.

Appalachian Power, along with Wheeling Power, submitted its annual Expanded Net Energy Cost (ENEC) filing to the West Virginia Public Service Commission Tuesday for reimbursement of past and ongoing costs of fuel — primarily coal — and purchased power, the company said.

For a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month, the request brings the monthly bill to $98.14, up 4.4 percent from the current bill of $94.

The companies are requesting a $68 million increase in the ENEC to account for the difference between the amount currently being collected and projected expenditures through the next annual filing period, a company press release said.

The ENEC is primarily made up of variable costs that fluctuate. The 2013 ENEC resulted in a 3 percent decrease. The proposed 2014 ENEC represents rates that are 1.4 percent higher than rates from the 2011 and 2012 ENEC cases.

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