July 15, 2010
Virginia regulators are increasing the base rates for Appalachian Power customers, but not as much as the utility had asked.
The State Corporation Commission on Thursday approved a 10.5 percent base rate increase. Appalachian Power has asked for an increase of about 12.5 percent, saying it had experienced higher costs for providing service to its 500,000 Virginia customers.
But regulators said the lower amount was fair and reasonable.
The SCC says the average residential customer's monthly bill will decrease about $2.50 to about $101 beginning Aug. 1. That figure includes the higher base rate, but a lower rate of what the company can charge for fuel costs.
Higher electric rates have prompted lawmakers to examine what utilities can charge for their services.