- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Public Service Commission is holding public hearings on a request by Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power to raise electric rates.

Officials say regulators have scheduled ten hearings beginning this week in Bradshaw. Other hearings will be held in Princeton, Huntington, Wheeling and Charleston.

The companies have requested a $226 million, or about 17 percent, increase of rates and charges for their West Virginia customers.

Regulators have set an evidentiary hearing in the case in January.

Together, the companies serve about 476,600 customers in West Virginia. Those customers are in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne and Wyoming counties.



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