CHARLESTON, W.Va. – There’s a list where West Virginia ranks near the top.

The state Public Service Commission recently announced the state is among the lowest rates for electricity in the nation

“Our (2013) rates were the sixth lowest in the entire country,” PSC spokesperson Susan Small said.

West Virginians pay on average $95 a month for electricity.

On average, West Virginians pay 9.52 cents per kilowatt hour. The only states with cheaper rates are Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, North Dakota and Washington.

Small said utilities are able to keep their rates low in large part because of the abundant amount of natural resources here in the Mountain State as well as the oversight of the PSC.

“I think the commission works very, very hard and very diligently to make sure that any money that goes out of the ratepayer’s pocket is examined and scrutinized and necessary,” she said.

West Virginia has the cheapest electric bills when compared to surrounding states.

“For a long time Kentucky was beating us but we consistently have lower electric rates than Kentucky and all the states that surround West Virginia,” according to Small.

When you compare West Virginia bills to those in high rate areas Small said the numbers don’t lie.

“We may feel like when we write the check every month it’s a lot of money. But to put things in perspective, if we lived in New York and used the same amount of electricity, our electric bills rather than being 95 dollars a month it would be close to 200 dollars a month,” said Small.

New York, Connecticut, Vermont, California and New Hampshire have the highest average electric bills in the country.

 

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  • Robert

    http://calhounpowerline.com/2014/04/07/wv-psc-focused-on-wrong-electricity-number/

    Oops ...


    I see rate hikes coming, hence the PSC trying to get out in front like this.

  • CaptainQ

    Let's enjoy our lower electric bills while we can because when Obama's EPA succeeds in virtually outlawing coal, those rates will climb higher than the state of Colorado!

  • rick

    This should be West Virginia's best marketing tool for bringing new business. Plenty of water and electrical power at lower market rates.

  • Vickie Taylor

    I live in a house 1/4 the size I had in fla and pd less for a big house. I don't know what the problem is with WV electric co. Its def not lower

    • Jonus Grumby

      What was your kW/Hour rate in Florida? I'd guess you didn't have much of a heating bill in Florida during the winter months. You are comparing apples to garbage cans.

  • Aaron

    We still have the sixth lowest electric cost despite all the money being spent at AEP on a upgrades over the past decade.

    Upgrades I might add that were desperately needed. I live in Poca and prior to the installation of new stacks with scrubbers John Amos spewed coal dust over numerous communities.

    As to comments below about closing some power plants, I have no problem with that. Due to age and inefficiencies, some seed to be closed. My concern is that they are not being replaced.

    Like it or not, coal will continue to be a part of our energy picture for years to come. We need additional energy generating sources. As the explosion in Marshall County yesterday demonstrated, gas is not a viable replacement or coal due to interruption problems.

    I believe it's time to construct power plants that can operate on your dashboard go to the cage for the next half century.

    • Jonus Grumby

      "...As to comments below about closing some power plants, I have no problem with that. "


      And when your electric bills skyrocket, you will likely whine the loudest.

    • Todd

      Sure Aaron, more delusions of grandeur from a progressive stalwart.

      • Aaron

        The only delusions are from those not smart enough to analyze relevant data and understand that any energy plan that does not include coal and natural gas is simply not possible unless nuclear is used. Renewable energy sources simply cannot replace current sources.

  • DWL

    That will soon change thanks to the m0r0n's Gestapo!!!!!! Yet, the hillbillies of this state stand with the UNION's that feed the m0r0n's political machine. That just proves the mindlessness of the voters that cup the liberal leftists.

  • James

    “We may feel like when we write the check every month it’s a lot of money. But to put things in perspective, if we lived in New York and used the same amount of electricity, our electric bills rather than being 95 dollars a month it would be close to 200 dollars a month,” said Small.

    This is true, but you would also be making two to three times more in income. Rather than pat themselves on the back with raw numbers, why don't they rank the cost relative to cost of living and WV most likey will not come out so well on the list.

    Notice that the states with the highest rates also tend to have the highest per capita incomes.

  • firegoat02

    Thats cool!
    Now only if our annual earned income was as high as other states, we would do great!

  • Nobody

    Every time the EPA closes a coal fired power plant the rates go up a little.

  • I'm honest at least

    The psc has a real problem. 1 its a buddy job for friends of high ranking office holders. 2 their marbles are secured in the purses of the electric company.

  • Tim C

    Electricity rates have steadily rose for several reasons.....fuel prices, carbon controls (Obama's EPA gone wild), and last but not least the forced closure of coal fired plants in the state (coming soon, very soon). The grid is 50-100 years old and needs replaced. That also costs money. If our country had an energy policy worth a crap we might still be paying 7 cents/kW hour. You can start blaming this on our representatives. Rahall has repeatedly over the years voted for stronger EPA controls and was for the carbon tax. Manchin was for it until he was forced to shoot at it with a rifle to win an election. He was for it before he was against it. Both of them has sold us down the River to keep power and we keep being led to the slaughter by the same people who say they are on our side. Clean house in Washington and we might save our country. Keep sending the same ol' corrupt politicians back and you will definitely feel the pain. Blame on the power companies if you want, but we are ourselves a huge part of this debacle.

  • The Answer

    Does everyone know why the PSC is putting this bit of news out now.
    They are greasing us for another big rate hike by AEP.
    Bend over and grab your ankles people it's not going to be good .

    • Just Me

      I was thinking the same thing! They want us to feel good before they hit us again so it will soften the blow.

      We are one of the lowest because our salaries are one of the lowest. They don't seem to care about that.