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  • 8/31/2015
    Appalachian Power has filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) an updated transmission rate adjustment clause (T-RAC) request seeking a $78 million annual increase. However, Appalachian has separate proposals for reductions before the SCC that, if approved, result in February 2016 bills that are largely unchanged for a typical residential customer.
  • 8/14/2015
    Appalachian Power today filed its annual fuel factor update with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) requesting a two-step reduction in that cost for its Virginia customers beginning in October.
  • 8/11/2015
    Appalachian Power is making two personnel changes that impact operations at its Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project and other hydroelectric generating facilities in Virginia.
  • 7/30/2015
    For a limited time, Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia, who recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers, will receive an increased $75 incentive through the Appalachian Power appliance recycling program. This increased incentive is available to customers who schedule pickups during August and September.
  • 7/21/2015
    Appalachian Power customers may now choose to be notified by a text or email when their power bills are due.
  • 7/13/2015
    Virginia customers of Appalachian Power can participate in five new energy- and cost-saving programs beginning in January 2016. The voluntary offerings were approved last month by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The company will introduce four new residential programs and one commercial/industrial program.
  • 6/30/2015
    A three-year vegetation management pilot set to conclude later this year in Virginia is improving reliability and decreasing outages by about a third for Appalachian Power customers included in the study.
  • 6/29/2015
    Since the derecho that left more than a half-million Appalachian Power customers without electric service three years ago today, customers have continually let Appalachian know of the need for real-time updates on outages. Due to this high public demand, Appalachian introduced a new outage alerts system that gives customers the option to be notified by text message or email when their home or business is affected by a power outage.
  • 6/29/2015
    Three years after a massive "derecho" or straight line wind storm swept across 10 states and left 4.3 million customers without electric service, including more than a half-million Appalachian Power customers in Virginia and West Virginia, the company's efforts to reduce tree-related outages are in high gear.
  • 6/16/2015
    Appalachian Power is seeking help in stopping vandals who have damaged the public picnic and recreation area adjacent to its Leesville Dam, part of the company's Smith Mountain Project hydroelectric generating facility in southwest Virginia. The Pittsylvania County Sheriff is investigating and the company is offering a reward for information.
  • 6/9/2015
    Appalachian Power is announcing a proposed project to significantly upgrade the local transmission system to better serve the greater Charleston area. The proposed Charleston Area Improvements Project represents an $80-100 million investment and includes rebuilding about 5 miles of transmission line, expanding two substations and building a new segment of transmission line and a new substation in the downtown area.
  • 6/5/2015
    Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, together with the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia Staff, the PSC Consumer Advocate Division and multiple industrial customers, today filed a settlement agreement seeking the Commission's approval in the companies' annual Expanded Net Energy Cost case. The agreement provides for a $30 million or 2 percent increase in the companies' revenues.
  • 6/2/2015
    Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is set to begin aerial application of herbicides by helicopter this week to maintain the rights of way for some power lines in West Virginia.
  • 5/28/2015
    Appalachian Power has launched two residential programs in Virginia aimed at reducing power demand during peak periods and helping low-income customers conserve energy. Appalachian requested these programs in a submission to the Virginia State Corporation Commission and received approval in November 2014.
  • 5/27/2015
    The Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia on Tuesday approved a $123.5 million revenue increase for customers of Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, both subsidiaries of American Electric Power (AEP). The increase will raise electric bills about 47 cents a day for residential customers.
  • 5/15/2015
    Appalachian Power, operator of the Smith Mountain hydroelectric power generation project in southwest Virginia, has reopened to the public the Scruggs boating access facility on Smith Mountain Lake after extensive updating and expansion. The project cost about $350,000 and is one of nine public access points Appalachian has created at the hydroelectric project.
  • 5/13/2015
    Appalachian Power, operator of the Smith Mountain hydroelectric power generation project in southwest Virginia, has announced that it plans to sell approximately 145 acres of lakefront property it owns on Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County. The tract is widely known as the "Kennedy property" and is located in the Union Hall District near Penhook.
  • 5/8/2015
    Appalachian Power crews have restored power to most of downtown Charleston following a fire in the underground network on Thursday evening. The fire occurred around 6:30 p.m. Thursday in an underground manhole at the corner of Virginia and Hale streets.
    The incident knocked out power to around 600 customers.
  • 4/29/2015
    Appalachian Power has asked the Virginia State Corporation Commission to approve an experimental tariff that will help the company accommodate customers interested in getting some of their electricity from renewable energy sources. It will also enable Appalachian to gather information about the effects of intermittent distributed generation on its electric distribution system.
  • 4/24/2015
    Beginning on or about June 1, Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), will maintain the rights of way for some power lines in West Virginia by applying herbicides by helicopter.
  • 3/13/2015
    Appalachian Power has filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) requesting approval for improvements to existing electric transmission facilities in Tazewell County. The proposed Tazewell-Bearwallow 138 kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project will upgrade approximately 12.5 miles of 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line to 138 kV standards and complete necessary upgrades to three existing substations along the planned route. The project is needed to improve electric reliability and reinforce the area's infrastructure for future load growth as well as address aging infrastructure as approved by PJM.
  • 3/13/2015
    Appalachian Power has completed repairs to a floating boat barrier that flipped underwater near the Smith Mountain Lake Dam in Virginia last month. The barrier's top section was knocked over by a combination of ice buildup, snow and wind and was discovered Feb. 22.
  • 3/12/2015
    Appalachian Power will close the public downstream fishing area at the Winfield Hydroelectric Project in Kanawha County beginning mid-March. Appalachian has scheduled closing public access to the tailrace fishing area from March 16 until June 2 to allow safe maintenance work on the abutment.
  • 3/10/2015
    Appalachian Power will host an open house this month to seek valuable public input about the planned improvements to the electric transmission grid in southwest Virginia.The Bland Area Improvements Project was originally announced by Appalachian in January. The open house is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Bland County Elementary School.
  • 3/8/2015
    As of Sunday afternoon, nearly 95 percent of Appalachian Power customers who lost electric service due to storm damage have had service restored. In all but a few isolated instances, where damage or needed repairs may be extensive, customers who are still without power should have service restored by late tonight.
  • 3/7/2015
    More than 80 percent of Appalachian Power customers who lost electric service due to storm damage earlier this week in West Virginia have had their power restored. Although crews have made tremendous progress, there are still close to 500 locations at which repairs need made before all service is restored.
  • 3/7/2015
    More than 1,300 workers, including damage assessors, line workers and tree contractors are currently working to get power restored to the thousands who remain without service. Additional workers from Kentucky and Ohio join today's effort.
  • 3/6/2015
    Nearly 31,000 customers in Appalachian Power's West Virginia service area remain without electric service.
  • 3/6/2015
    More than 1,200 workers, including damage assessors, line workers and tree contractors are working to get power restored. As of Friday night, about 22,000 customers in the company's West Virginia service area remain without power.
  • 3/5/2015
    All Appalachian Power line workers and contractors in areas affected by the storm are involved in service restoration. Employees from parts of the company unaffected by the storm are among the nearly 250 additional workers from Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana who are assisting in the restoration effort.
  • 3/3/2015
    Appalachian Power is introducing a new outage alerts system that will allow customers the option to be notified by text message or email when their home or business is affected by a power outage.
  • 3/2/2015
    Appalachian Power, along with Wheeling Power, today submitted its annual Expanded Net Energy Cost (ENEC) filing to the W.Va. Public Service Commission (PSC) for reimbursement of past and ongoing costs of fuel (primarily coal) and purchased power.
  • 2/26/2015
    Appalachian Power residential customers in Virginia will see a decrease of about 4 percent in their total electric bills beginning this month. The decrease is the result of the reduction or expiration of three Rate Adjustment Clauses - or RACs. These changes will result in a Virginia residential customer paying about $114.92 for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month. That is a reduction from more than $119 at the beginning of 2015.
  • 2/25/2015
    Appalachian Power customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee set an unofficial all-time peak demand of 8,697 megawatts (MW) at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20.
  • 2/22/2015
    Appalachian Power is warning boaters on Smith Mountain Lake to be aware of possible hazardous conditions near the dam where part of a boat barrier has flipped over into the water. The barrier may be hard to see from the surface in places, especially at night.
  • 2/17/2015
    Appalachian Power is encouraging its customers to prepare for colder temperatures and extreme wind chills expected this week across much of Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. Meanwhile, the company is monitoring its distribution system closely to ensure reliability in advance of the expected increased demand for electricity.
  • 2/16/2015
    As weather turned bitterly cold, windy and snowy on Valentine's Day power outages mounted, leaving more than 12,000 customers without electric service across Appalachian Power's service area. Today many parts of the company's service area are experiencing significant snow accumulation, but the snow is dry and fluffy and is not expected to cause widespread outages.
  • 1/23/2015
    Appalachian Power is beginning construction on the portion of its Kanawha Valley Area Transmission Reinforcement Project that passes through the Kanawha State Forest. The 138 kilovolt (kV) lines being replaced within the Kanawha State Forest boundaries consist of 49 structures along 11 miles of right-of-way. Once the existing facilities are removed and construction is complete, the line will occupy only 5.5 miles of right-of-way on 21 structures.
  • 1/22/2015
    Appalachian Power will start crediting a refund on the bills of its eligible Virginia customers beginning Jan. 25 and will continue monthly through July 2015. The refund is a result of the company's biennial rate filing and the final order from the Virginia SCC issued late last year.The average monthly credit for a residential customer using 1,000 kWh of electricity per month is $1.11, but individual credits will vary.
  • 1/21/2015
    Appalachian Power will open its Smith Mountain Project Shoreline Management customer service facility at a new Moneta, Va. location effective Jan. 27. An Appalachian representative will be available every Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 until 4:30 p.m. at the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) office.
  • 1/13/2015
    Appalachian Power has announced plans to rebuild the existing South Bluefield-Wythe 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and add additional improvements to strengthen the transmission infrastructure in Southwest Virginia. Most of the work will be done in Bland and Wythe Counties, Va.; about one mile of work will be completed in Mercer County, W.Va.
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