"It's also important to note that the CEO's salary is spread over all customers, and even removing it completely would only reduce the monthly bill for most residential customers by about 15 cents a month," he said in the letter.
To counter that, Perdue talked about a letter he received from a woman in Nitro named Delores who is struggling to pay bills.
"Now," Perdue said, "whose letter should I listen to? AEP's - Mark Dempsey's - or Delores' from Nitro?
"I understand companies need to make a profit, but how much is too much?" he said.
Perdue would be only the second candidate to run a TV commercial in the current election cycle. The first was House Speaker Rick Thompson, who has produced two 30-second ads. Early polling indicates Thompson, D-Wayne, needs to bring up his profile with state voters, many of whom remain unfamiliar with him.
During his speech, Perdue said he had asked acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, another Democratic candidate for governor, to intercede in the rates cases pending before the PSC. He said Tomblin did not.
The Governor's Office disputed that account.
"The governor has not spoken with Perdue on this issue, and we are not aware of any written correspondence between the governor and Mr. Perdue on this issue," said Tomblin spokeswoman Kimberly Osborne.
Contact writer Ry Rivard at ry.riv...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.