Dancing around the need for improvements is not helpful.
To be sure, company vice president Jeff McIntyre sounded positive in his press release.
"We appreciate the commission's thorough examination of and ruling on this joint stipulation, which all parties agreed is a fair and reasonable resolution that eliminates the additional expense of full litigation before the commission," said McIntyre.
"The settlement was based on extensive negotiations and substantial compromises by all parties, and with the commission's modifications, we still believe this order is a fair and reasonable resolution with the best interest of our customers at its core."
But what is he supposed to say? The company likely will seek approval for another rate increase from the PSC in a couple years.
Make no mistake that West Virginians need the PSC because public utilities are by their nature outside the marketplace.
But can we end dancing around the need to spend millions to provide utility services in the Mountain State?