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Not Just Us: Appalachian Power’s Virginia Customers Will See Higher Bills

Steam and emissions rise from the tall stacks and cooling towers of the John Amos power plant against overcast skies next to the muddy water of the Kanawha River.
The John Amos power plant in Putnam County.
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Appalachian Power’s Virginia customers will see their rates go up, but maybe not as much as in West Virginia.

If Virginia’s State Corporation Commission approves a settlement between Appalachian Power and multiple parties, the utility’s Virginia customers will see their monthly bills increase by $16 a month.

That’s less than the $25 a month increase that would have resulted from the company’s original application. 

In West Virginia, the Public Service Commission is considering two proposals by Appalachian Power. One would raise residential customers’ bills by $19.61 a month. Another would increase them by $5.69.

In both states, Appalachian Power seeks to recover the high costs of coal and natural gas it and other utilities encountered in 2021 and last year.

The John Amos power plant in West Virginia produces electricity for customers in both states.

Appalachian Power is an underwriter of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.