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PSC Approves Mon Power's Rate Request, Average Bill Will Go Up $9

Mon Power's Fort Martin Power Station in Maidsville, West Virginia

The West Virginia Public Service commission has approved Mon Power’s request for a $94 million rate increase, effective immediately.

The average residential user will pay about $9 more a month, or about 9 percent. For 1,000 kilowatt hours, that means a total of $115 a month.

Mon Power has about 400,000 customers in West Virginia.

Mon Power and Appalachian Power both asked the PSC for rate increases last month. Appalachian Power’s request is $297 million. If approved, that would add $18 a month to the average user’s bill starting Sept. 1. The average bill is currently about $155 a month.

Numerous city and county governments have expressed their opposition to Appalachian Power’s request.

Both companies cite the higher cost of coal and natural gas for the rate increases.

Energy & Environment Reporter, ctate@wvpublic.org, 202-679-8470, @tatecurtis

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