NOTICE OF FILING AND HEARING – Petition for review of Vegetation Management Program and Update of VMP Surcharge

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF WEST VIRGINIA CHARLESTON

 

CASE NO. 21-0340-E-P

APPALACHIAN POWER COMPANY and

WHEELING POWER COMPANY,

public utilities.

Petition for review of Vegetation Management Program and Update of VMP Surcharge.

NOTICE OF FILING AND HEARING

 

On April 16, 2021, Appalachian Power Company and Wheeling Power Company (jointly Companies) filed a petition for Commission review of their vegetation management program (VMP) and true-up of the VMP Surcharge. The Companies are not asking for an increase in the VMP Surcharge, but are requesting a change to the residential VMP rate design. The change would shift the charge from the current 1.111 cents per kWh to a monthly charge of $12.45 per residential customer. The impact of the requested monthly charge, if approved, would be that residential customer bills for less than 1,121 kWh would increase while residential customer bills for more than 1,121 kWh would decrease. Examples of the range of increases and decreases at various usage levels are shown in the following chart.

 

 

Monthly

kWh

Current

VMP

Charge

Proposed

VMP

Charge

Increase or  Decrease
250 $    2.78 $ 12.45 $    9.67
500 $    5.56 $ 12.45 $    6.89
1121 $ 12.45 $ 12.45 $    0.00
1500 $ 16.67 $ 12.45 $ (4.22)
1750 $ 19.44 $ 12.45 $ (6.99)
2000 $ 22.22 $ 12.45 $ (9.77)

 

Under the Companies’ proposal the monthly bills for every other class of rate payer would remain the same.

 

The Commission set a procedural schedule in this case, including an evidentiary hearing to be held on July 30, 2021. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Howard

  1. Cunningham Hearing Room at the Commission’s offices at 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, West Virginia.

 

Anyone desiring to intervene and act as a party in this case should file a Petition to Intervene within ten days following the date of this publication, complying with the rules on intervention set forth in the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Anyone desiring to protest should file a written protest as soon as possible although protests will be accepted throughout the pendency of this proceeding. All written protests should briefly state the reason for the protest. All protests and Petitions to Intervene should state the case name and number and be addressed to Connie Graley, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 812, Charleston, West Virginia 25323.

 

APPALACHIAN POWER COMPANY and

WHEELING POWER COMPANY

 

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