The West Virginia Public Service Commission has announced “public comment” hearings will be held in Shepherdstown Oct. 23-24 and in Fairmont Oct. 24-25, to give citizens a chance to speak about problems they have been having with their electric bills.
We are asking ratepayers to turn out in force to hold Potomac Edison and Mon Power accountable for their failure to read meters every other month – as required by the PSC – and the resulting problems ratepayers have had with bills.
But first we are asking citizens to attend our meeting, to hear the problems that the PSC has turned up in its general investigation of FirstEnergy (the owner of the two utilities), the explanations and excuses being offered by the company, and how ratepayers can use their own bills to identify problems.
Two meetings, you say? Why is that necessary?
Because the PSC has decided that before it listens to any citizens about their problems, the citizens first have to wait through an hour-long presentation by the utilities. We want ratepayers to have the knowledge to decide for themselves if the presentation provides answers – or excuses.
Our training meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6) at Fisherman’s Hall in Charles Town. We will explain what the investigation has uncovered so far, go over a sample electric bill and show how you can spot the problems you have experienced, and invite meeting participants to identify any new problems that have come up. For instance, there have been reports that Potomac Edison has been contacting some long-time customers and requiring a security deposit, even when the customers have been prompt in their payments. Or perhaps you're still having problems with too many estimated bills? Maybe you're one of the customers whose current bills are being over-estimated based on prior year incorrect data?
We will give ratepayers information they can use to prepare to speak at the PSC hearing.
Where: Fisherman’s Hall
Corner of S. West and Academy streets
Charles Town, WV
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16th (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Sponsors: Jefferson County NAACP
The Coalition for Reliable Power
Please bring your most recent electric bill for use in our electric bill interpretation group exercise.
See you then!
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