CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Public Service Commission chairman Michael Albert anticipates 2014 will be a "water year" for the PSC, as it deals with numerous complaints stemming from the nine-county water emergency.
"It's going to be before us in a number of matters in a number of ways," he told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday.
The PSC has oversight of water utilities such as West Virginia American Water Co. in a variety of areas, from fielding consumer complaints to rate setting.
Albert said the PSC will address issues stemming from the water crisis objectively.
"We are a quasi-judicial body, and base decisions on findings of fact and conclusions of law," he said.
Albert also said the closure of some state coal-fired power plants did not jeopardize electricity production during peak demand periods during the recent cold snaps.
"The plants taken off-line were some of the smaller, older, and quite frankly, dirtier plants," he said.