First Energy

First Energy has asked West Virginia regulators to approve a $75.8 million rate hike over two years to cover the cost of its vegetation management programs.

First Energy says it needs the increase to cover $51.9 million in past vegetation management expenses and $23.9 million in expected costs in 2016 and 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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


  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.

  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.

 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.

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.

  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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.