It could be early in 2019 before the West Virginia Public Service Commission makes a decision on proposed rate hike requests from Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, what are pitched as average 11 percent increases for residential customers.
Company officials said customer usage has dropped by 14 percent while the total number of residential customers is down by about 11,000.
In all, the Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power proposed rate increases total $114 million in additional revenues.
For average residential customers, monthly bills will go up by about $14.81, if the request is approved.
Jeri Matheney, communications director for Appalachian Power offered advice on how to offset the increases…