PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF WEST VIRGINIA CHARLESTON
CASE NO. 22-1059-E-IDS
APPALACHIAN POWER COMPANY and WHEELING POWER COMPANY,
Application for Approval of a Written Plan for the Construction of Utility Infrastructure at two West Virginia Business Ready Sites and for Associated Cost Recovery Pursuant to W. Va. Code§ 24-2-1n
NOTICE OF FILING AND HEARING
On December 14, 2022, Appalachian Power Company (APCo) and Wheeling Power Company (WPCo) (together, the Companies) filed an application, duly verified, for approval of a written plan to construct utility infrastructure at two West Virginia business ready sites and associated cost recovery, pursuant to W. Va. Code§ 24-2-1n.
The Companies’ plan will involve the construction of transmission and distribution facilities within and near the Mason County Industrial Park and the Harless Industrial Park, both located within APCo’s service territory, which facilities will be capable of serving initial customer load at each site up to 30MW and potentially up to 60MW with additional investment. The goal of the Companies’ plan is to retain existing industrial customers and attract new industrial customers to the benefit of the local and state economies. The Companies’ application is on file with and available for public inspection at the Public Service Commission, 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, WV 25301. The Companies anticipate charging the following surcharge rates in connection with the construction described in their application:
Customer Class Center per kWh $ per kW
Small Commercial 0.004 to 0.008 0.016
Large Commercial 0.004 to 0.026
Industrial Tariff 0.004 to 0.026
Industrial Special Contract Various Various
The average residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month would experience a rate increase of $0.08 monthly or $0.96 yearly under the Companies’ proposal.
These rates represent the following average project-related increases to become effective June 1, 2023, unless otherwise ordered:
Monthly Yearly $ increase % Increase $ Increase % Increase
Residential $33,546 0.055 $402,556 0.055
Commerical $12,945 0.044 $155,343 0.044
Industrial $7,728 0.018 $92,735 0.018
Resale 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0
The only resale customer in West Virginia is Black Diamond Power Company, Inc.
The proposed increased rates and charges related to the Project will produce approximately $0.650 million annually in additional revenue, an increase of 0.041 percent, during the first rate period.
The increases shown are based on averages of all customers in the indicated class. Individual customers may receive increases that are greater or less than average. Furthermore, the requested rates and charges among the various classes of customers are only a proposal and are subject to change (increases or decreases) by the Public Service Commission in its review of the Companies’ filing.
The Commission has set a procedural schedule, including a hearing on the Companies’ application, if necessary, that will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 23, 2023, in the Howard M. Cunningham Hearing Room at the Commission’s offices at 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, West Virginia. If no opposition to the Companies’ application is received, the hearing may be waived and the Commission may issue a final order within 150 days of the application filing date.
Anyone desiring to intervene in the matter should file a written petition to intervene no later than February 1, 2023, unless otherwise ordered by the Commission. All requests to intervene should briefly state the reason for the request and comply with the rules on intervention set forth in the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Commission will receive public comments until the beginning of the hearing. All written comments and requests to intervene should state the case name and number and be addressed to Karen Buckley, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 812, Charleston, WV 25323. Public comments may also be filed online at http://www.psc.state.wv.us/scripts/onlinecomments/ default.cfm by clicking the “Formal Case” link.
APPALACHIAN POWER COMPANY and
WHEELING POWER COMPANY