Appalachian Power Makes Rate Filing in VirginiaA 25% increase! What are we to do? We are just going to have to find an alternative to fossil fuels!
RICHMOND, Va. - PRNewswire-FirstCall -- Appalachian Power filed a request today with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) seeking approval for an increase of $198.5 million in customer rates.
Appalachian estimates implementation of the new rates will increase the monthly bill paid by a residential customer for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity from the current amount of $61.57 to $75.23, excluding taxes - an increase of $13.66.
If approved, the new rates will increase revenues in Virginia approximately 25 percent. (link)
Well, no. We're hopping mad about that too:
SOAR forms to oppose industrial wind turbinsWe've already eliminated coal, wood, and nuclear power. And solar power is great for powering hand-held calculators but not much more. I guess that leaves hydroelectric power (and Merlin's magic elixir). What say we dam up Peters Creek and ... uh ... what? Dams are bad for the fishes?
The Stuart Enterprise
A group of Patrick County citizens met Monday night to discuss plans for opposing industrial wind turbines that could be located in the county's mountainous areas.
The group, called SOAR--Save Our Appalachian Ridges--plans to circulate petitions in business locations throughout the county and at the Reynolds Homestead's Spring Frolic May 6.
Scott Eutsler, spokesman for SOAR, said residents are concerned about the potential negative effects of wind turbines on property values, wildlife, and the natural scenic beauty of Patrick County. (link)