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Controversy involving Appalachian Power continues to simmer in Richmond

March 05, 2010
  • With just one week left in the General Assembly session, it's unlikely lawmakers will pass additional legislation targeting Appalachian Power, but members from western Virginia say that doesn't mean they've been ignoring the issue.
With just one week left in the General Assembly session, it's unlikely lawmakers will pass additional legislation targeting Appalachian Power, but members from western Virginia say that doesn't mean they've been ignoring the issue.

With just one week left in the General Assembly session, it's unlikely lawmakers will pass additional legislation targeting Appalachian Power, but members from western Virginia say that doesn't mean they've been ignoring the issue.

"Well I understand the frustration and they think nothing is happening, but things are happening," said Del. Danny Marshall. 

Danville Delegate Danny Marshall was part of a group that met earlier this week with state regulators and representatives of the power company.

"We told the State Corporation Commission, but we also told AEP, if you don't do something, we're going to do it for you," said Marshall. 

The Governor has already signed the legislation that suspended Appalachian's interim rate increase.  And this week, lawmakers found some encouragement in two other rate cases before the State Corporation Commission.

"And they lowered not only Dominion's this week, but also they lowered the request by Kentucky Utilities down in far southwest Virginia, so it looks like the '07 legislation does give them enough tools, but we want to hear that from them," said Del. Terry Kilgore.

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Lawmakers plan to meet with the judges of the State Corporation Commission in mid-April.  But Del. Ward Armstrong remains skeptical they'll accomplish anything.

"They want to run the clock out, so that everybody gets out of town.  They hope that folks will forget and the issue will go away.  It's not going away," said Armstrong.

With the SCC rulings this week, lawmakers say they are anxious to see what the commission will do in Appalachian's rate case.  Hearings are scheduled later this month, with a final ruling due in mid-July.

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