I would like to thank many of you for calling-in and sharing your concerns with me about rising electricity rates. I, like most Virginians, have seen my electric bill reach a record high, and I realize that most Virginians simply cannot afford such high costs for energy. Currently the power companies do provide several different payment options that can help reduce your bill, especially at this time of year when the cost and use of energy is at its highest. The Appalachian Power Company provides utility assistance to low income families and there is a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that may be able to assist you, or those that you know. You also have the option of requesting a payment extension if you ever find yourself in a situation where you are facing having your electricity shut off. You can visit the Appalachian Power Companies website, www.appalachianpower.com or call them at 1.800.956.4237 for further details.