Increased Mon Power rates approved

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Public Service Commission approved a rate increase for Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers.

Parent company First Energy requested higher electricity rates to offset increasing fuel rates and cover the increasing costs of purchasing energy from some power plants.  Bills are adjusted annually because of those fluctuating factors.

The new rates begin Jan. 1, 2017, and will remain in place until Dec. 31, 2018.

The monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity will rise about 1.9 percent or $2.13, which includes $1.53 for the fuel and purchased power costs and $.60 for the increased energy efficiency costs.