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APCo rate hike would raise bills by 1.5%

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August hearings are set on proposed rate increases sought by Appalachian Power Co.
The State Corporation Commission said Monday that it will hold a hearing Aug. 28 on the utility’s request to recover more than $11 million in costs associated with its natural gas-fired power plant in Dresden, Ohio. The deadline for public comments is Aug. 21.
Appalachian also is seeking to recover more than $38 million associated with installing equipment to meet state and federal environmental requirements.
A hearing on that rate increase proposal is scheduled for Aug. 29. The deadline for public comments is Aug. 22.
If approved, the requests would amount to a 1.5 percent increase in the average rate for residential customers, once existing surcharges expire.
Both hearings will be held in the SCC’s courtroom in downtown Richmond.