The Public Service Commission on earlier this month ordered all electric utility companies operating in West Virginia to file a petition to propose a comprehensive vegetation trimming program to maintain all rights-of-way over a proposed period of time.
Petitions for the programs are to be submitted to the Commission within six months. The proposals must cover all distribution and transmission lines on an “end-to-end, time-based cycle,” based on the utility’s specific operational and reliability targets.
The proposals also must indicate how the program will be coordinated with other entities that have facilities in the rights-of-way.
In its order, the Commission also required the companies to submit a proposed method for rate recovery of the increased costs that will be associated with the programs. The Commission orders stated that these future filings would be subject to public notice, comment and Commission Review.
This order closes a general investigation launched by the Commission for the purpose of looking into utility responses and practices following the June 29, 2012 derecho summer storm that left thousands of West Virginia utility customers without power for an extended period of time.
More information may be obtained from the PSC website: www.psc.state.wv.us and referencing Case No. 12-0993-E-T-W-GI.