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Lawmakers denounce APCo rate hike

WYTHEVILLE – Virginia State Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wythe) joined a bi-partisan coalition of 14 area state legislators to express concern over Appalachian Power’s proposed rate increase before the State Corporation Commission (SCC).
The legislators publicly asked AEP to drop its proposed rate increase request during this time of economic crisis, with so many citizens losing jobs.
“We have joined together to ask the State Corporation Commission to reject Appalachian Power’s 13 percent rate increase proposal. AEP just received a 31.3 percent increase last year. These requests are too much for hard working people (who) are struggling in difficult times,” said Del. Crockett-Stark.
Monday, the group held press conferences in Abingdon and Wytheville to inform the public of how they can get involved. The legislators encouraged all citizens concerned about their electric bills to contact the SCC and voice their opposition to the rate increase.
Written comments to the SCC may be addressed to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, VA 23218-2118, and refer to case number PUE-2009-00038.
The public can also submit comments electronically to the SCC’s website: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. Click on the “public comments/notices” link and then the “submit comments” button for case number PUE-2009-00038.
Legislators also unveiled a new website, www.aepaction.org, where citizens can learn more information and submit comments that will be sent to the SCC.
“We want to make sure people know which ways they can contact the SCC,” Crockett-Stark said.
The SCC will hold a public hearing Tuesday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in Richmond. Several of the legislators plan to attend.
Del. Crockett-Stark has also requested that the SCC hold a public hearing at the Wytheville Meeting Center so that Southwest and Southside Virginia residents can have a central location to voice their opposition.
“People can’t afford to make the drive to Richmond for this hearing. I think it would be prudent for the SCC to come to our area and give the people a chance to see them face to face,” Crockett-Stark said.
“I have personally done everything that AEP suggested to reduce my energy use, including turning off my heat except for one hour in the morning and two hours at night, and using lights only in the room I am in,” Crockett-Stark noted. “A lot of families have cut back, but they are still seeing higher and higher electric bills.”
Other lawmakers participating in the coalition include Sen. Phillip Puckett (D-Tazewell), Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville), Sen. William C. Wampler (R-Bristol), House Minority Leader Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry), Del. Daniel C. “Dan” Bowling, (D-Tazewell), Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Del. Joseph P. Johnson Jr. (D-Washington), Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R-Scott), Del. Danny Marshall III (R-Danville), Del. Donald Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Dave Nutter (R-Montgomery), Del. Clarence E. “Bud” Phillips (D-Russell) and Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin).

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Lawmakers denounce APCo rate hike

WYTHEVILLE – Virginia State Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wythe) joined a bi-partisan coalition of 14 area state legislators to express concern over Appalachian Power’s proposed rate increase before the State Corporation Commission (SCC).
The legislators publicly asked AEP to drop its proposed rate increase request during this time of economic crisis, with so many citizens losing jobs.
“We have joined together to ask the State Corporation Commission to reject Appalachian Power’s 13 percent rate increase proposal. AEP just received a 31.3 percent increase last year. These requests are too much for hard working people (who) are struggling in difficult times,” said Del. Crockett-Stark.
Monday, the group held press conferences in Abingdon and Wytheville to inform the public of how they can get involved. The legislators encouraged all citizens concerned about their electric bills to contact the SCC and voice their opposition to the rate increase.
Written comments to the SCC may be addressed to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, VA 23218-2118, and refer to case number PUE-2009-00038.
The public can also submit comments electronically to the SCC’s website: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. Click on the “public comments/notices” link and then the “submit comments” button for case number PUE-2009-00038.
Legislators also unveiled a new website, www.aepaction.org, where citizens can learn more information and submit comments that will be sent to the SCC.
“We want to make sure people know which ways they can contact the SCC,” Crockett-Stark said.
The SCC will hold a public hearing Tuesday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in Richmond. Several of the legislators plan to attend.
Del. Crockett-Stark has also requested that the SCC hold a public hearing at the Wytheville Meeting Center so that Southwest and Southside Virginia residents can have a central location to voice their opposition.
“People can’t afford to make the drive to Richmond for this hearing. I think it would be prudent for the SCC to come to our area and give the people a chance to see them face to face,” Crockett-Stark said.
“I have personally done everything that AEP suggested to reduce my energy use, including turning off my heat except for one hour in the morning and two hours at night, and using lights only in the room I am in,” Crockett-Stark noted. “A lot of families have cut back, but they are still seeing higher and higher electric bills.”
Other lawmakers participating in the coalition include Sen. Phillip Puckett (D-Tazewell), Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville), Sen. William C. Wampler (R-Bristol), House Minority Leader Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry), Del. Daniel C. “Dan” Bowling, (D-Tazewell), Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Del. Joseph P. Johnson Jr. (D-Washington), Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R-Scott), Del. Danny Marshall III (R-Danville), Del. Donald Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Dave Nutter (R-Montgomery), Del. Clarence E. “Bud” Phillips (D-Russell) and Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin).

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