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Appalachian Power is exploring a special pricing program for people who use plug-in electric vehicles. It would be similar to one now being implemented by another major Virginia utility. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Dominion Virginia Power is already starting a rate structure for electric car owners, offering the option of reduced rates for overnight charging and higher rates during peak hours for electricity use. It generally reduces the cost of an overnight car charge in half from standard rates. There is no such pricing program yet at Appalachian Power, but spokesman Todd Burns says the utility is looking into it. Burns says it would encourage the growing number of electric car users to recharge at night and, at the same time, spread out the demand for power and make the best use of existing power plants.