The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 20, 2013

Utilities propose $58 million tree-trimming

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power customers would foot the bill for expanded tree-trimming around transmission lines under a plan submitted to state regulators.

The West Virginia Public Service Commission ordered the two American Electric Power subsidiaries to submit a plan after last summer’s storms left thousands of customers without power, some for up to two weeks.

The Charleston Gazette reports that if the PSC approves the companies’ proposal, the increased maintenance would cost about $58 million a year. Appalachian Power says that money would be collected through a surcharge that would add about $2.38 to the average residential customer’s monthly bill.

Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power say their customers already pay for about $11.6 million a year for right-of-way maintenance.