Customer participation in efficiency programs helps LG&E, KU meet energy conservation goals

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced Wednesday that they have been able to offset roughly the same amount of energy that equates to building a new power plant. The savings were largely the result of customers embracing the utilities’ energy efficiency programs LG&E and KU set a goal in 2008 of saving approximately 500 megawatts of capacity and, to date...

Public Service Commission to take public comment in Hazard, Ashland in Kentucky Power rate case

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold two meetings next week to receive public comments on a rate increase proposed by Kentucky Power Co. The meetings will be Nov. 6 in Hazard and Nov. 8 in Ashland. Details of the meetings are as follows: Hazard Monday, November 6, 5:30 p.m. EST Auditorium Perry Central High School 305 Park Avenue Ashland Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 p.m. EST Auditorium Bellefonte...

Public Service Commission reports Natural Gas costs to rise this winter, provides assistance options

Kentucky residents who heat their homes with natural gas will see somewhat higher prices at the start of the 2017-2018 heating season than they did a year ago, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) advised today. Gas prices have risen, on average, about 13 percent from this time last year, but are still about 58 percent below the November 2008 average price of $11.70. When base rates – which...

Public Service Commission denies surcharge request to cover debts incurred by failed Bullitt Utilities

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has denied an effort to impose a surcharge on customers of a failed Bullitt County sewer system in order to pay off debts of the bankrupt company that abandoned the utility. The proposed surcharge would have imposed a $17 monthly fee for a period of 20 years on the 700 customers formerly served by Bullitt Utilities. In an order issued today, the PSC ruled...

Public Service Commission moves to end duplicative reporting requirements for Kentucky water utilities

Acting to end a duplicative reporting requirement, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is telling water utilities they are no longer required to send copies of “boil water” advisories to the PSC. The PSC instead will be informed of boil water advisories via a daily report that it receives from the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW), which has primary responsibility for enforcing drinking...

Attorney General’s office to oppose East Kentucky Power’s 16 percent rate hike request

Attorney General Andy Beshear joined Eastern Kentucky lawmakers, school and local officials, and advocates to announce his Office of Rate Intervention is recommending that the Public Service Commission (PSC) deny AEP/Kentucky Power’s more than $60 million proposed increase. The 16-percent increase, Beshear and the group said, would further devastate the more than 168,500 Kentuckians in the utility’s...

Public Service Commission schedules three open meetings on proposed Kentucky Power rate increase

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold three meetings to receive public comments on a rate increase proposed by Kentucky Power Co. The meetings will be Nov. 2 in Prestonsburg, Nov. 6 in Hazard and Nov. 8 in Ashland. All of the meetings will be preceded by a presentation by PSC staff on the regulatory processes governing the case and an overview of the Kentucky Power application. “These...

State Public Service Commission approves revenue increase for Shelby Energy Cooperative

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted the Shelby Energy Cooperative a revenue increase that is nearly the same as the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. With the rate increase granted by the PSC, a typical Shelby Energy residential customer will see their average monthly electric bill rise by about $7.90 (6.1 percent), from $128.90 to $136.80. That includes...

State Public Service Commission approves sale of Winchester-based Delta Natural Gas Co. to PNG

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the sale of Delta Natural Gas Co. to PNG Companies LLC. Delta is headquartered in Winchester and serves about 39,000 customers in 23 counties in eastern and central Kentucky. It is the smallest of Kentucky’s five major local natural gas distribution companies. PNG, which is based in Pittsburgh, distributes gas to about 700,000 customers through...

Bevin names Mathews to state Public Service Commission; two added to social work board

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Talina Rose Mathews, of Frankfort, to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Her appointment follows expiration of the term served by former Commissioner Daniel Logsdon, who resigned last month to pursue new opportunities. Mathews will take office immediately and serve a four-year term, subject to confirmation by the State Senate. Mathews holds a doctoral degree in economics...

State Public Service Commission fines City of Olive Hill $60,000 for natural gas safety violation

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined the city of Olive Hill $60,000 for leaving exposed in a creek bed the high-pressure pipeline that supplies the entire city with natural gas. In an order, the PSC levied the $60,000 civil penalty but suspended $55,000 of the fine for 30 days, subject to Olive Hill’s completing work within 30 days to replace the exposed pipeline. Olive Hill also...

State PSC ruling allows LG&E, KU to invest in intelligent equipment, easing power restoration

The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued its ruling Thursday in the rate review for Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, upholding the majority of the settlement reached by 18 interested parties to the case. The ruling gives LG&E and KU the ability to invest in intelligent control equipment that will enhance reliability and enable faster restoration of service....

State PSC modifies Nolin RECC rate hike request, makes changes residential rate structure

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) granted Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. a revenue increase that is somewhat smaller than the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. With the rate increase granted by the PSC, a typical Nolin residential customer will see their average monthly electric bill rise by about $12 (11.4 percent), from about $106 to $118. That includes...

State Public Service Commission fines City of Liberty $60,000 for natural gas safety violations

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined the city of Liberty $60,000 for its repeated failures to conduct leakage surveys of the city-operated natural gas distribution system. In an order issued today, the PSC levied the $60,000 civil penalty but suspended $50,000 of the fine until Jan. 1, 2023, subject to Liberty’s compliance with conditions set forth in the order. Those conditions...

State PSC approves Duke Energy Kentucky ash disposal plan at Boone County power plant

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a plan by Duke Energy Kentucky to complete a transition from storage of coal combustion wastes in ponds to disposal in existing landfills at its East Bend power plant in Boone County. The PSC authorized Duke Kentucky to spend about $94 million to close and repurpose the existing waste pond, relocate the ash from the pond to a landfill and construct...

State PSC OKs Duke Energy Kentucky to deploy smart meters; some customers may opt out

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a request by Duke Energy Kentucky to begin a system-wide replacement of old electric and natural gas meters with advanced meters that can be read remotely. Under an agreement Duke Kentucky reached with the Kentucky Office of Attorney General, customers who do not wish to receive an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI or “smart”) electric...

PSC reduces Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative rate hike request; monthly bills to increase slightly

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) granted Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. a revenue increase that is somewhat smaller than the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. With the rate increase granted by the PSC, a typical Farmers residential customer will see their average monthly electric bill rise by about $4.49 (4.2 percent), from $106.46 to $110.95. That includes...

State Public Service Commission orders lower prices, refunds for B&G Natural Gas customers

he Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has determined that B&H Gas Co. has been overcharging for natural gas and must both reduce the amount it charges and make refunds to customers. As a result of the PSC action, B&H’s customers will see the amount they pay for natural gas immediately reduced by more than two-thirds. B&H has about 260 customers in Floyd County. In an order issued...

State Public Service Commission approves sale of Floyd County water system to Prestonsburg

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the city of Prestonsburg’s purchase of the sewer operations of Southern Water and Sewer District, as well as some of the district’s water operations. Prestonsburg’s utility commission is paying $2.14 million for the operations, a figure that includes assuming responsibility for about $1.19 million in outstanding debt owed by Southern Water...

State Public Service Commission delays revamping of state low-income phone subsidy

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has put on hold a decision changing the state’s subsidy program for low-income telephone customers in order to assess the impact of a law enacted after the decision was issued In an order issued late last week, the PSC rejected a number of arguments against the decision, finding persuasive only the calls to review its March 10 decision in light of a telephone...