CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Appalachian Power is seeking a rate increase for its customers from the state Public Service Commission. The increase request amounts to 4.4 percent.

“Each year we go before the Public Service Commission and adjust the amount on customers’ bills that pay for the fuel, mostly coal, which we use,” said Appalachian Power¬†Communications Director Jeri Matheney. “This is just an adjustment in that amount.”

The average customer on the Appalachian Power system using 1,000 kilowatt hours a month would see their bill increase by about four dollars each month from $94 to $98.14 a month.

“It’s a pass through cost,” said Matheney. “That means we don’t make any profit on it. If we pay a dollar for coal, a dollar goes on the bill and it looks like costs are inching up for us.”

The proposed increase is about 1.5 percent higher than last year’s.

The new rates would take effect in July if approved by the Public Service Commission.

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  • Fed Up

    It seems people are finally seeing thru the smoke of Obama,but I think it's to late.His damage is just starting to show,and we've still not even seen the beginning of the true cost of his energy prices.His words energy will spike but it will be worth it.We've not seen the spike yet!

  • RB

    I wondering who their buying coal from because coal prices are down considerably. I hope the PSC audits their purchases and also looks at the current market price for coal. This is bull!

    Also I guess that's why Coal Companies are loosing money and their stock prices are so low. They are sell the coal for such high prices. Wake up America!!

    • Walley Coal Baron

      The coal they are receiving now was purchased months ago.

      • JC

        Thermal coal prices have been depressed for at least three years.

  • JL

    With Obama as president fuel cost will keep skyrocketing.The president wants everyone to have to depened on big goverment.Cant wait tell next election.

  • SolarEyes

    Plan for 100% Wind, Water and Solar by 2030-2050 in WV:

    • Aaron

      West Virginia is the 8th highest user of electricity per capita, using 17,290 kWh per 1000 citizens.

      This site has solar providing 55% of the energy, or 17.621 billion kWh. Currently solar provides for less than 1% of our electricity. First, how do we pay for the expense of installing solar? After it is installed, how do you address the issue of storing the energy provided and the intermittent production?

      Also, how do you deal with the fact that the production of solar panels produces "Nitrogen trifluroide and sulfur hexafluoride, some of the most potent greenhouse gases and have many thousand times the impact on global warming compared to carbon dioxide."

      That's solar. We'll deal with the others after you address this one.

      • Aaron

        Where you at solar eyes? We can have a legitimate conversation here.

    • Larry

      You go ahead and plan on that in one hand, and s**t in the other, and see which one gets full first.

  • CaptainQ

    And WHY is coal more expensive (when it's VERY plentiful in WV)?

    Obama's EPA, that's why!

    Nuf Sed.....

  • voter

    Oh go ahead PCS, go ahead and give it to them. Everyone else has raised their fees this year so just get in line. Between, health ins, phone service, dish service and the increasing cost at the fuel pumps and grocery store, I've already seen an additional 149.00 out of my monthly budget. Who can I pass my costs onto?