SCC Seeks Public Comments on Request by Appalachian Power to Recover Transmission Costs

Financial

MAR 15, 2021

RICHMOND – The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is offering time for members of the public to give oral comments by telephone on a request by Appalachian Power Company (APCo) to increase a rate adjustment clause that covers transmission costs.

Appalachian Power is proposing to increase its Transmission Rate Adjustment Clause (T-RAC) from $225.1 million to $337.7 million, an increase of $112.6 million effective in July 2021. For the average residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month, this request represents an increase of $11.52 per month.

Through the T-RAC, APCo collects its costs for new and existing transmission facilities and related services that APCo receives from a regional transmission organization called PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. The rates PJM charges APCo and its other members are set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. APCo collects these charges from customers as part of the cost of providing electric service.

The SCC has scheduled a public witness session to begin at 10 a.m. on April 26, 2021, to consider the T-RAC application. Public witnesses intending to provide oral testimony must pre-register with the SCC by 5 p.m. on April 21, 2021. Witnesses will be called by SCC staff on April 26 in the order in which they registered. Testimony will be limited to five minutes per caller. The hearing will be webcast at: scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting.

Public witnesses wishing to provide oral testimony may pre-register in one of three ways:

  • Completing a public witness form for case number PUR-2021-00018 on the SCC’s website at: scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting
  • E-mailing the same form (PDF version on the same website as above) to SCCInfo@scc.virginia.gov
  • Calling the SCC at 804-371-9141 during normal business hours (8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and providing their name and the phone number you wish the Commission to call to reach you during the hearing.

A public evidentiary hearing will follow the public witness hearing either in the SCC’s second floor courtroom in the Tyler Building at 1300 East Main Street in Richmond or by electronic means to receive testimony and evidence from the company, any respondents, and the SCC staff.

For those who prefer, there is also an opportunity to provide comments in writing on the T‑RAC application. Written comments may be submitted through the SCC’s website by April 19, 2021, at scc.virginia.gov/casecomments/Submit-Public-Comments. Simply go to the SCC website, select "Cases" and then "Submit Public Comments," and scroll down to case number PUR-2021-00018. Then click SUBMIT COMMENTS.

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Case Number PUR-2021-00018 – Application of Appalachian Power Company for approval of a rate adjustment clause T-RAC

Contact: Andy Farmer, 804-371-9141