Community members who attended the group meetings were also provided with information and tips for coping with inaccurate Potomac Edison bills this winter.
“We recommend that you check the accuracy of your electric bill every month, just as you would any other bill,” said Keryn Newman of the Coalition for Reliable Power. “Learn to read your meter, compare your usage to the billed amount, and call Potomac Edison to ask for a corrected bill when the numbers don’t agree.”
In addition, Potomac Edison customers were urged to ask the Public Service Commission at the hearing to require Potomac Edison to read every meter, every month, for one year in order to compile accurate data on which to base future estimates.
Senator Herb Snyder also encouraged those in attendance to participate in the PSC’s public hearings to help the Commission gather evidence for its investigation.
“This is an opportunity for the citizens of the Eastern Panhandle to speak directly to the Public Service Commissioners. Potomac Edison customers should be as specific as possible about their particular power company billing problems and any unsatisfactory interaction with the power company while attempting to resolve those problems. Citizens that have recently had or are continuing to have power company billing problems should definitely speak at the public hearing. The Public Service Commissioners are traveling a considerable distance to hear directly from the citizens. It is important that citizens attend these public hearings,” said Snyder.
The public comment hearings are scheduled as follows:
Where: Shepherd University, Frank Center, Shepherdstown
When: Beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, or
Beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24th
Hearings will run until all those signed up to speak have had an opportunity to do so
The Jefferson County NAACP is a branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that promotes social justice for all citizens. The Coalition for Reliable Power is a grassroots coalition that advocates for decentralized power. For more information, see www.jcwvnaacp.org and www.forreliablepower.com
See story on WHAG.