Delegate Armstrong announces legislation to reign in APCO rate hikes

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Del. Ward Armstrong will introduce legislation in the 2010 General Assembly in response to citizens’ concerns about frequent rate hikes implemented in recent years by Appalachian Power Co.

The company has requested 13 separate rate increases since 2005, Armstrong said in a news release Monday.

APCo put two rate increases in effect in December — 12.2 percent in the base rate and 2.7 percent for transmission charges.

As a result, the average residential electric bill increased an average of 15.5 percent, Armstrong said.

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