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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ State regulators have directed Appalachian Power to refund more than $5 million to Virginia customers. The money will be refunded as a credit on future bills over six months. The average residential customer will receive a total $6.85 credit.The directive follows a rate review by the State Corporation Commission. The commission said Wednesday that the review found Appalachian Power’s return on equity for 2012 and 2013 exceeded its authorized level. Appalachian Power’s maximum authorized return was 11.4 percent. During the two-year period, the commission says the company earned, on average, a return ofequity of about 11.86 percent on its generation and distribution services.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s largest electric company has told federal regulators that proposed federal regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants are unfair to the state. Dominion submitted comments about the Clean Power Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. The utility said the plan would impose unreasonable reductions on Virginia compared to other nearby states. The EPA’s target rate of 810 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted per megawatt hour of electricity generated in Virginia is far lower than the 1,620 pounds in West Virginia and 1,763 in Kentucky. Dominion says those targets create an economic and competitive disadvantage to states like Virginia that have already significantly reduced emissions. The utility also says the proposed rules would increase the typical residential customer’s electric bill by 30 percent by 2025.