SCC Approves Revised Fuel Factor for Appalachian Power Company Including Two-Year Mitigation Proposal
MAR 06, 2023
RICHMOND – The State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved a revised fuel rate for customers of Appalachian Power Company (APCo) that includes a mitigation proposal that would spread the recovery of its $361,411,867 deferred fuel balance over two years. The fuel rate increase has been in effect on an interim basis, subject to further modification, since November 1, 2022, and no additional changes were approved. For a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, it represents an increase to the average monthly bill of $20.17. Without the mitigation proposal, however, the increase would have been $33.24 per month for the same usage.
The fuel rate is the portion of the electric bill that pays for the fuel used to generate electricity and costs associated with power purchased by the utility company to serve its customers.
In its final order, the Commission stated: “… we are deeply concerned about the significant rate increase requested in this case, and its impact on customer bills. The impact of the increase is worsened by its introduction during the winter months, which are typically higher usage months, and by other recent APCo rate increases. We are mindful of the numerous public comments and concerns expressed about the impact of such rate increases on APCo’s customers and have reviewed this matter carefully. APCo is, however, entitled by law to recover its prudently incurred fuel costs…”
The Commission directed the SCC staff to conduct a fuel audit for the period from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2022, and to include the results of the fuel audit in its pre-filed testimony in APCo’s next fuel factor proceeding. As part of the fuel audit, the Commission directed Staff to analyze the reasonableness of APCo’s coal procurement activities.
The Commission also directed APCo to take additional steps within 60 days of its order to advise customers how they may contact APCo for bill assistance and to set up budget billing for their accounts.
Contact: Ford Carson, 804-371-9141
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