SCC approves renewable energy offering from Appalachian Power Company

Virginia SCCThe State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved a proposal allowing Appalachian Power Company (APCo) customers voluntarily to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from sources of renewable energy.

Virginia law permits a Virginia utility company to design a rate that participating customers may choose to pay to receive all their power from a mix of renewable resources. As designed, the rate would charge a premium of $4.25 a month above the standard rate of an average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Applying applicable Virginia laws, the Commission approved the voluntary renewable energy rider and found that:

  • The participating customer is receiving a product that is provided 100 percent from renewable energy.
  • The tariff includes safeguards that hold harmless customers who choose not to participate.
  • The rate is reasonable for the purposes of the renewable energy product that is being supplied.

The Commission previously had rejected two other proposals from APCo for a 100 percent renewable energy tariff. The order of approval in this case notes that, unlike the prior requests, this proposal ensures that APCo will supply 100 percent renewable energy as defined by statute. And, the rate is reasonable for customers who voluntarily elect such service.

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