Like so many households in Shenandoah, Warren, Page and Rockingham counties, my household gets its electricity from the Shenandoah Valley Electric Co-Op.

As a co-op customer, I am concerned that SVEC is seeking to raise its fixed monthly rate charged to all customers. This requested rate increase is SVEC’s second in just over a year. In January 2020, SVEC applied to the State Corporation Commission to raise its monthly fixed fee from $13.78 to $25. And now, SVEC wants to raise that $25 fee to $30.

It is hard for me to understand why SVEC would raise its fixed monthly fee twice in just over a year. If approved, it would mean more than a 100% increase in a little over a year.

We know that far too many people in our area are having to struggle to balance electricity bills with rent and other essentials. This was true before the pandemic, and the pandemic has squeezed many people even further.

I urge SVEC to reconsider its effort to raise its fixed monthly rate so soon after doing so before. And I encourage SVEC customers to let SVEC know if they object to this second increase.

April Moore, Basye