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West Virginia Residential Utility Bills Decrease in 2012

The State Journal reports that average residential utility bills decreased 5.3 percent in West Virginia in 2012.  According to a January 9 report from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia’s Consumer Advocate Division, a decline in natural gas utility rates was the main driver for the decrease.  Consumer Advocate Division Director Byron Harris indicated that the average bill in January 2011 for electricity, gas, and telephone service was $292.81 per month, and the current average is $277.22.