Charleston, W.Va. – Today, the Kanawha County Commission filed a letter of opposition to Appalachian Power’s unprecedented request for a $297 million rate increase. This increase would add $18.41 to an average residential customer’s monthly electric bill beginning September 1, 2022, if approved by the Public Service Commission.

In the filing, Kanawha County Commissioners Kent Carper, Ben Salango, and Lance Wheeler state, “The Public Service Commission (PSC) must recognize APCo’s request for what it is – flagrant price gouging of the thousands of residents and businesses that are held captive to APCo’s monopoly.  It is far past time for the PSC to do what is right when it comes to the cost of electricity. The PSC must reject APCo’s outrageous $297 million request in its entirety.”

The Kanawha County Commission also pointed to a recent article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, which reported that the average residential bill for APCo’s customers has increased 182% since 2006 and that American Electric Power’s CEO is paid $15 million per year.

The Public Service Commission has scheduled four public hearings on APCo’s request: June 22 at the Ohio County Courthouse in Wheeling at 5:30 p.m., June 27 at the Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton at 5:30 p.m, June 28 at the Cabell County Courthouse in Huntington at 5: 30 p.m, and July 26: PSC headquarters in Charleston at 5:30 p.m.

Commission President W. Kent Carper plans to appear at one or more hearings to testify in opposition to the rate hike.