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Appalachian Power Seeks Increase To Environmental Surcharge

The Mitchell Plant's cooling towers and exhaust stack send columns of steam and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere on an overcast summer day.
The Wheeling Power/Kentucky Power Mitchell Plant in Marshall County, West Virginia.
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Appalachian Power wants an increase to its environmental compliance surcharge, and it could result in higher monthly bills.

If the Public Service Commission approves Appalachian Power’s proposal, most customers would see their monthly bills go up by 1.7 percent, or $2.84.

The company wants an additional $37.2 million to meet federal environmental regulations at its three West Virginia power plants.

The Mountaineer, Mitchell and John Amos plants are being upgraded to comply with rules for the disposal of coal ash and treatment of wastewater.

In 2021, the PSC approved those costs. The plants also serve Virginia customers, and the State Corporation Commission approved them last year.

The Kentucky PSC, however, did not approve all of the costs for the Mitchell Plant, which serves Kentucky Power customers. Now, West Virginia customers may have to make up the difference.

Appalachian Power is an underwriter of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.