Public Service Commission says West Virginians' utility rates rose 3.4 percent in 2014

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — A new study released by the West Virginia Public Service Commission says utility rates rose more than 3 percent last year.

The study released Friday through the commission's consumer advocate division looked at rates charged to West Virginia residents for electricity, water and telephone services.

The Charleston Gazette reports ( that average utility costs for all West Virginians rose from $280.62 a month in 2013 to $290.22 a month in 2014.

Utility bills paid by residential customers in 17 West Virginia cities ranged from a low of $254 a month in Morgantown to $325 a month in Bluefield last year.

Still the study found West Virginia consumers generally paid lower rates than those in the surrounding states of Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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