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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, August 24, 2017 MORE TRAINS --- This train was photographed a couple of weeks ago as it passed through Dante. Some of you may have noticed the increase in rail traffic on the CSX line in recent weeks. Though this train was made up of empty coal hoppers, other trains have been made up of tanker cars, covered hoppers, and boxcars. We haven't seen this type of rail freight for some time and its return is a welcome sight. Rail traffic on CSX had virtually dried up following closure of operations at Erwin, TN. The sound of engines and the rattle of those wheels is noticeable - especially when it's gone. So...if you see a CSX train passing by, wave at the engineer: He's probably glad to be back in this area, too. Calendar ...... From Page 1 "tO learn, to share and to perpetu- anyone who is struggling with ate family history." William T. drug addiction get them the Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- help they need. Call for a free, brochure on the signs of JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join addiction for all drugs. the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800- 431 - 1754 or gau slmu In 2014, St. Paul budget is currently Tomorrow, Inc. decided to $3,397,000. take on the task of revital- There are several ongo- izing the historic Lyric ing fundraisers for the Theater, owned by Town of Lyric Project. The Capital St. Paul. An ad hoc com- Campaign had a "kick off" mittee was formed and party in August of 2014. fundraising began. In that Contributions to the same year, two feasibility Campaign are now over studies were completed on $48~000. We play BINGO the property. Frazier on the first Saturday of Associates ofStaunton, VA every month with cash did an architectural and prizes and three jackpots. structural study, and devel- General fundraising oped a budget for complete includes events such as renovation. CORECON of Cooks and Books, and the Luray, VA conducted a sale of t-shirts and orna- study for planning, finan- ments. cial, and sustainability of Contributions to the using the Lyric for live Capital Campaign may be music, live theatre, old made to The Lyric Project movies, other stage per- PO Box 818 St. Paul, VA formances, as well as a24283; on our website meeting and conference through PayPal; or in per- center. Both of these stud- son at Carter Bank &Trust ies are available for view- 3052 4th Ave. St. Paul, VA. ing on our website: stpaul- BINGO games begin at In2014, the 6PM in the rec rooms revitalization budget was above the swimming pool estimated to be $2.9mil- at 16550 Tazewell St. You lion. With inflation, the can play 12 games, with 6 cards in each game, for $20. Jackpot games are $5 each. We have Bring a Friend discount for new players. Lyric t-shirts and ornaments may be pur- chased at Design Printers on Russell St. or at the Main Street office in Market Square. For more information, contact Kathy Stewart by phone at 276-395-0685 or e m a i 1 stpaulmainstreet@ gmail.c om. Sign up for texting! Text STPAULBINGO or STPAULMAIN to 51660. Keep up-to-date on events Subscribe to the Times!! 276-762-7671 DEADLINES Ads: Monday noon Copy: Monday 3 pm Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, Si. Paul, VA 24283. Please make ~hecks payable to Friends of the J. F'red Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. ~- ,COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community .Center meets at 7 pm first 2lrndays. For more information ~please call 495-8473. " ~FREE HIV TESTING-Health I)epartments in the Lenowisco l-Iealth District offer free confi- ~leritial HIV testing throughout tbe~ year. For information, call :Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. !Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- .1312. ~--I,.FREE GED CLASSES-Free ~[3~D classes are offered at the ~bow Family Investment ~ter St. Paul, Mondays and =Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offer- ing free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult l~amers, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more infor- r~ation, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- z~22-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). * GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. N ARCONON COUNSEL- ING- Narconon would like to ~remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your fam- ily from drug use. If you know NOTICE TO TIlE PUBLIC OF AN APPLICATION BY APPALACItlAN POWER COMPANY, FOR A RATE ADJUSTMENT CLAUSE PURSUANT TO 56 585.1 A 6 OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA CASE NO. PUR-2017-00031 -Appalachian Power Company ("A PCo') has applied for approval of a rate adjustment clause ("Wind G RAC") to recover costs associated with its proposed acquisition of two wind generation fhcilities, Beech Ridge II and Hardin (colleetively, "Wind Facilities") located in West Virginia and Ohio, respectively. -APCo states that it will not recover any costs through the Wind G-RAC until it acquires the Wind Facilities and they become commercially operational, which APCo estinmtes will occur in mid-2019, For the 12 months tollowing the acquisition and commercial operation of the Wind Facilities in mid-2019. A PCo estimates that the Wind G RAC will recover a revenue requirement of approxinaately $11.5 million. This amount would increase the bill for a tNpieal residential customer using 1.000 kilowatt hours per month by $0.90 when compared to rates effective on June l, 2017. The Commission will hear the case on February 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. *Further information abont this case is available on the SCC ~vebsite at: On .!uly 5, 2017, Appalachian Power Contpany ("A PCo" or "Conlpany'~), pursuant to 56-585. A 6 of the Code of Virginia ("Code;'), filed with the State Corporatioo Comnfission ("Commission") an application C'Appfication") seeking approval of a rate adjustment clause ("Wind G-RAC') to recover costs associated with the Company's proposed acquisition of the Beech Ridge tl and Hardin wind generation facilities (collectively, '*Wind Facilities"). Beech Ridge I1 is a 50 megawatt ("MW') wind generation facility that is being constructed in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Hardin is a 175 MW wind generation facility" that is being constructed in Hardin County, Ohio. According to the Company, the Wind Facilities are expected to be commercially opemtkmal in mid 20119. APCo states that it will acquire ownership of the Wind Facilities at or near their commea~cial operation dates by acquiring 100% equity interests in the companies currently developing the projects ("Project Companies"). APCo states that it plans to acquire the Project Companies, rather than the assets comprising the Wind Facilities, to ensure the Company obtains all necessary rights, contracts, leases and permits for the ownership of the Wind Facilities. The Company states that in 2016, it conducted a request for proposal [br new wind projects that would be owned by the Company ("Wind RFP") within the PJM Interconnection, LLC~ regional transmission organization tbotprint. Based on the results of the Wind RFP, the Company slates that it selected the Wind Facilities to provide an economic source of generation that wilt benefit its customers. APCo states that it does not plan to use the Wind Facilities fbr compliance with its Renewable Portfolio Standard reqnirements, bat it may seek to do so in the future~ The Company also asserts that it does not intend to retire the renewable energy certificates ("RECs") associated wilh the Wind F'acitities, but rather intends to monetize the RECs in order to reduce the cost of service to customers by crediting the Wind G-RAC with the proceeds of the REC sales. APCo proposes the Wind G-RAC to recover the revenue requirement associated with the Wind Facilities through a rate snrcharge for service to customers, "ll~e Company proposes to adjust Wind G-RAC recoveries for any over-recovery or under recove~ of costs based on a comparison of revenues collected to costs actually incurred. According to APCo. the Company will not incur any costs that are recoverable throngh the Wind G RAC until it acquires the Wind Facilities. In recognition that 56-585.1 A 7 of~he (?!ode requires the implementation of a rate adjustment clause within 60 days of the issuance of a final order in this case, the Company proposes to implement a zero rate under the Wind G RAC until its acquisition of the Vind Facilities is complete and the facilities become commercially operational. For the 12 months following the acquisition and commercial operation date, APCo estimates that the Wind G-RAC will recover a revenue requirement of approximately $ I 1.5 million. According to the Company, this revenue requirement includes the following types of costs: (i) a return of and a return on the Company's capital investment in the Wind Facilities. net ofacoumulated depreciation and accumulated deferred income taxes; (it) various operational and maimenance expenses: (iii) administrative and general costs, such as salaries, benefits, and propert3, insurance; and (iv) real and personal property taxes and employment taxes. To develop the revenue requirement, APCo used the 9.4% rate of return on equity approved by the Comraission in Case No. PUE 2016 00038. According to A PCo~ if the proposed Wind G-RAC is approved, there will not be any impact to customers prior to the Company's acquisition of the Wind Facilities. which is anticipated to occur in mid 20t 9. Following APCo~s acquisition of the Wind Facilities, the impact on customer bills would depend on the customer's rate schedtde and usage. The Company estimates that after it acquires the Wind Facilities emd begins to recover costs through the Wind G RAC, the monthly bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would increase by approxim~ely $0.90 when corapared to rates effective on Jtme 1,2017. The Company states that the bill impacts of the Wind G RAC are ex- pected to be offset to some extent by decreases in the fuel factor, depending on actual PJM prices, actual output of the turbines, the value of RECs, and other Factors. APCo proposes to allocate the costs of the Wind Facilities among its classes of customers using a new methodology that differs from the methodolo~ historically used to allocate the costs of other generation units. Al~?o asserts that whereas typically generation fixed costs are allocated based on demand, wind projects provide primarily energy-related benefits with no associated fuel cost. 1"o address this imbalance, the Company states that it proposes to allocate costs among its classes so that costs are recovered on the bases of both demand and energy. A PCo states that following the acquisiiion of the Project Companies, it plans to enter into an agreement and a plan of merger with the Project Companies, and will merge the Project Companies with and into APCo, with APCo being the surviving entity. APCo asserts that at the time i:t merges wiih the Project Companies. the Project Companies will be cousidercd affiliated interests pursuant to the Code and therefi~re the agreements and plans of merger wilt require Commission approval. Accordingly, APCo states that it intends to seek approval of the agreemenis and plans of merger at a later date during the course of the Commission's consideration of this A pplication. Interested persons are encouraged to rtwiew the Application and supporting documents for the details of these and other proposals. TAKE NOTICE that the Commission may apportion revenues among customer classes and/or design rates in a manner differing from that shown in the Application and supporting documents and thus may adopt rates that differ from those appearing in the Company's Application and supporting documents. The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing on February 6, 2018, at 10 a.m., in the Commission's second floor courtroom located in the "l'~'ler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Ricbmond, Virginia 23219. to receive testimony from members of the public and evidence related to the Application from the CompaJ~y, any respondents, and the Commission's Staff. Any person desiring to testify' as a public witness at this hearing should appear fifteen (15) minutes prior to the starting time of the hearing and contact the Commission's Bailiff. The public version of the Company's Application, as welt as the Commission's Order ihr Notice and Hearing, are available for public inspection during regular business hours at each of the Company's business offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Copies also may be obtained by submitting a written request to counsel for the Company, Noelte J. Coates, Esquire, American Electric Power Service Corporation, 3 James Center, 1051 Extst Car,/Street, Suite I 100, Richmond. Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by electronic means. Copies of the public version of the Application and other documents filed in this case also are available for interested persons to review in the Commission's Document Control Center located on the first fl(~r of the "l~'ler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interested persons also may download unofficial copies from the Commission's websit; http;//www, On or before January 30, 2018 any interested person wishing to comment on the Company's Application shall file written comments on the Application with Joel tt, Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P,O, Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 2321 g-2118. An)' interested person desiring to file comments electronically may do so on or before January 30, 2018, by lbllowing the instructions on the Commission's website: bttp://www, sco, Compact discs or any other form of electrunic storage medium may not be filed with the comments. All such ermraents shall refer to Case No, PUR 2017 00031, On or before November 7, 2017, any person or entity wishing to participate as a respondent in this proc~eeding may do so by filing a notice of participation. If not filed electronically, an original and fil~eea ( 151 copies of the notice of participation shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above, A copy' of the notice of partieipatinn as a respondent also must be sent to counsel for tbe Company at the address set forth above. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participation as a respondent, ofthe Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure ("Rules of Practice"), any notice of participation shall set forth: (i) a precise statement of the iuterest of the respondent; (it) a statement of the specific action ,sought to the extent then known; and (iii) the factual and legal basis for the action, All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-20I 7-00031, For additional information about participation as a respondent, any pe~on or entity' should obtain a copy of the Commission's Order for Notice and Hearing. Onor before December 5, 2017. each respondent may file with the Clerk of the Commisskm, and serve on the Commission's Staf[~ the Company, and all other reslx)ndents, any testimony and exhibits by which the respondent expects to establish its ease, and each witness's testimony shall include a summary not to exceed one page, If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of such testimony and exhibits shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. Respondents also shall comply with the Commission's Rules of Practice, including: 5 VAC 5-20-140, Filing and service; 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format; and 5 VAC 5 20 240, Prepared testimony and exhibits. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR 2017-00031, The Commission's Rules of Practice may be viewed at A printed copy of the Commission's Rules of Practice and an official copy of the Commission's Order tbr Notice and I~earing iu this proceeding may be obtained from the Clerk of the Comraission at the address above. APPALACIIIAN POWER COMPANY