The state Public Service Commission is warning customers their utility bills might be a little higher than expected in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Customers will receive "estimated" rather than "actual" bills in the next billing cycle because of the snowstorms caused by Superstorm Sandy, PSC spokeswoman Susan Small said in a news release.
Small said the situation is similar to that of the June 29 windstorm that caused customers to see a rise in their bills before the outages were reflected.
Last week's snowstorm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers across the state, affecting the way the electric companies bill their customers.
Small said customers normally receive an electric bill that reflects their actual usage one month and an estimated bill based on last year's usage the next.
That won't be the case in the next bill, she said. Appalachian Power, Mon Power, Potomac Edison and Wheeling Power all reported pulling employees from their regular duties, such as reading meters, to help in the restoration effort.
"As a result, more customers than normal will receive 'estimated' rather than 'actual bills' in the next billing cycle," Small said in the release.
She said the estimated bills would not reflect any loss of service during the usage period.