Potomac Edison

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Mon Power and Potomac Edison are seeking a $165 million rate increase to cover fuel and other costs.

The First Energy subsidiaries have asked the West Virginia Public Service Commission to approve a 12.5 percent increase in their expanded net energy cost rate. The rate is separate from the utilities' base rate.

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.

Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corporation utility, continues to try to restore power to customers in West Virginia following the summer storm that downed trees and wires in the region beginning last night.

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.

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.