9/8/2020

    Appalachian Power requests fuel rate decrease for Virginia customers

    ROANOKE, Va., Sept. 8, 2020 – Appalachian Power, a utility subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), has filed its annual fuel factor update with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) and is requesting a reduction in the fuel rate for its Virginia customers.

    Fuel costs are about 20 percent of a residential customer’s electric bill. The fuel factor recovers those costs, which are mostly for natural gas and coal. The SCC reviews the company’s fuel rate each year to determine whether it should be increased or lowered.

    “Managing fuel costs is an important part of service delivery,” said Chris Beam, Appalachian Power’s president and chief operating officer. “What we’ve witnessed over the past several months is a drop in natural gas costs. Our request before the SCC ensures that approximately $40 million in savings is passed along to our customers.”

    Residential Customer using 1000 kWh

    Rate

    $ Amount

    Total Monthly Bill

    Current Fuel Factor

    2.300 ¢/kWh

    $23.00

    $108.67

    Proposed Fuel Factor

    1.999 ¢/kWh

    $19.99

    $105.66

    Reduction in Bill

     

     

    ($3.01)

     

    The current fuel factor is 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Appalachian’s proposal reduces the fuel factor to 1.999 cents per kWh, or a savings of $3.01 for a customer using 1,000 kWh/month.

    If approved, the reduction will go into effect in November. With the adjustment, Virginia residential customers using 1,000 kWh/month will pay 10.6 cents/kWh, well below the national average. According to the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) January 2020 report, the average residential U.S. cost for electricity is 12.93 cents per kWh. 

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