First Energy

4:24 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

West Virginia Lawmakers to Send Energy Act Repeal to Governor

Credit The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The Republican-run Legislature needs one vote to send a repeal of an energy portfolio to Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The Senate cast a 33-0 procedural vote Tuesday to repeal the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. The House needs another procedural vote to clear it.

Both chambers previously passed the repeal overwhelmingly.

The portfolio requires generating 25 percent of electricity with alternative power sources by 2025. Some coal-burning technologies qualify.

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1:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

West Virginia House Passes Energy Act Repeal Overwhelmingly

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  The Republican-run state House of Delegates has passed a repeal of an energy portfolio.

The House voted 95-4 Thursday to repeal the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

The portfolio requires generating 25 percent of electricity with renewable or alternative power sources by 2025. Some coal-burning technologies qualify.

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Electricity Rates
8:21 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Electricity Rate Settlement Proposed

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - FirstEnergy's two West Virginia subsidiaries would recover about $63 million annually under a proposed rate increase settlement.
     Under the agreement, the monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours would increase from $92.62 to $99.52.

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Electric Power
12:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Public Hearings to be Held in First Energy Rate Case

The Public Service Commission has scheduled six public comment hearings in the pending Mon Power and Potomac Edison Rate Case.  These power companies are a part of First Energy. First Energy has requested a $95.7 million or 9.3 percent increase of rates and charges for their West Virginia customers.

Those hearings will be held:

·       October 1, 2014, 1:00 pm, at the Days Inn Convention Center, Flatwoods


·       October 1, 2014, 6:00 pm, at the Days Inn Convention Center, Flatwoods


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9:20 am
Thu September 4, 2014

W.Va. PSC Sets Hearings on Electricity Rate Hike Request

  State regulators will hold public hearings in October on two FirstEnergy subsidiaries' request for a $151.4 million rate increase.

Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison submitted the request to the Public Service Commission in April. The proposal was amended in June to add costs associated with reading customer meters.

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Energy & Environment
4:20 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Work Underway for Electric Project in W.Va. Shale Region

  FirstEnergy Corp. says construction is underway on a new transmission substation in Doddridge County to help meet the electric demands of the area's rapidly expanding Marcellus Shale gas industry.

The company also says the new substation also will support and help enhance service reliability for Mon Power's customers in Doddridge and neighboring counties.

Officials say crews recently completed the foundation work and erected steel structures at the new 11-acre site.

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Severe Weather
10:06 am
Wed June 11, 2014

More Than 50,000 Without Power in West Virginia

 More than 50,000 customers remain without electricity after severe thunderstorms rolled through West Virginia.

Appalachian Power says on its website that nearly 49,000 customers had no service Wednesday across 16 counties in southern West Virginia. That includes nearly 13,000 customers in Cabell County, 8,000 in Wayne County and more than 5,000 each in Kanawha and Logan counties.

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Billing Practices
6:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

PSC Orders Power Companies to Stop Estimating Bills

The state Public Service Commission has ordered Mon Power and Potomac Edison to implement monthly meter readings and billings following customer complaints.

The PSC released an order Wednesday in an investigation into the billing, meter reading and customer service practices of the FirstEnergy subsidiaries.

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8:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Mon Power, Potomac Edison Seek Rate Hike in W.Va.

  Mon Power and Potomac Edison are asking West Virginia regulators to increase the rates it charges its customers. The FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiaries said they submitted the request to the Public Service Commission for the $96 million rate increase on Wednesday.

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Mon Power Merger
5:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds PSC Approved Power Plant Sale

The Harrison Power Station in Haywood, W.Va.
Credit WDTV/5 News

The West Virginia Supreme Court has sided with the state Public Service Commission on a decision to allow the sale of a Harrison County power plant.

The PSC approved the sale of Harrison Power Station in October 2013. In the deal, Mon Power would obtain about 80 percent ownership of the plant from Allegheny Energy Supply and become its sole owner.

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Vegetation Management
5:56 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Utlity Plans Aim to Reduce Outages During Storms

West Virginia utility regulators have approved utility vegetation-management plans aimed at reducing power failures during destructive storms.

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Electricity Rates
4:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Senator Calls on PSC to End Electric Bill Estimates

Senate Majority Leader Sen. John Unger
Credit WV Legislature

Senate Majority Leader John Unger called for a change Thursday in the way a First Energy subsidiary is billing its customers.

Unger requested the state Public Service Commission order Potomac Edison to stop estimating electric bills for customers. Instead, he said the company should be reading the meters every month.

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3:03 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

FirstEnergy Plans Infrastructure Upgrades in W.Va.

FirstEnergy Corp. is planning $110 million worth of infrastructure upgrades in West Virginia this year.

Ohio-based FirstEnergy said Thursday that the projects include transmission improvements, construction of new distribution lines, and replacement of underground cables, utility poles and other equipment.

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Power Points
5:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

W.Va. Public Service Commission hears electric bill concerns

Potomac Edison electric customers get help sorting out problems with their bills during a PSC hearing in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Thursday.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Public Service Commission got an earful from Eastern Panhandle electric customers unhappy with Potomac Edison’s billing practices during a public hearing Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Customers are upset because last winter and spring they received estimated monthly bills that were much higher than normal. In some cases the electric company did estimated readings several months in a row. Delegate Stephen Skinner (D-Jefferson) was among those who spoke during the hearing.

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