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W.Va. foes file new challenge of PATH charges

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Two West Virginia residents are again challenging charges that two utilities imposed on customers to recover the costs of promoting a proposed multistate power line.

Keryn Newman of Shepherdstown and Alison Haverty of Chloe claim FirstEnergy and American Electric Power improperly charged customers in 13 states and the District of Columbia millions of dollars to promote the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline.

Newman and Haverty filed a complaint last month with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They filed a similar complaint in January 2011.

Jeri Matheny with AEP says the utility is allowed to recover the expenses.

FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Meyers tells the Frederick News-Post of Frederick, Md., that the utility is reviewing the complaint and will file a response.

Plans to build the $2.1 billion power line were suspended last year.

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