Appalachian Power gets rate increase

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In preparation for the ice storm, Appalachian Power has brought nearly 200 workers from West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana to the Tri-State area to be prepared for expected power outages. Feb. 10, 2021 (Photo Credit: WOWK 13 News Reporter Audra Laskey)

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)- The West Virginia Public Service Commission has given its approval for Appalachian Power to add an infrastructure surcharge to customer bills.

Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power asked for a $48.2 million dollar rate base increase and surcharge, but the Commission cut that amount to $44.2 million. The average residential customer’s rate will go up 6 percent on their monthly bill. The companies asked for a rate increase to recover costs related to infrastructure investments.

However, the Commission imposed a three-year moratorium on the companies filing for another base rate increase.

The increase will take effect September 1st.

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