<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Appalachian Power, along with Wheeling Power, on Monday filed a request to complete the implementation of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia\u2019s May 26, 2015, rate case order. In that order, the Commission directed that there be a phase-in of the approved increase in residential rates.<\/span>\r\n\r\nMonday\u2019s filing implements the annual $25 million phase-in effective July 1, 2016, and proposes a method to recover the amount uncollected for 13 months between the May order and July 1. The company proposes spreading the recovery over two years to reduce the impact on customers. New rates would be effective July 1.\r\n\r\nIf the PSC authorizes the plan, rates for West Virginia residential customers will increase approximately 1\u00a2 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 12\u00a2, or close to the national averageof 12.7\u00a2\/kWh.*\r\n\r\nResidential Customer Usage and Costs\r\n\r\nUsage in kWh: 1,000; Current Rate: $109.82; New Rate: $116.69; Increase: $6.87; % Increase: 6.3%; Usage in kWh: 2,000; Current Rate: $205.59; New Rate: $219.33; Increase: $13.74; % Increase: 6.7%.\r\n\r\n*According to U.S. Energy Information Administration, released Jan. 26 (http:\/\/www.eia.gov\/electricity\/monthly\/epm_table_grapher.cfm?t=epmt_5_06_b)\r\n\r\nAppalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power.