A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

PSC completes tax-related changes to Kentucky Power Co. rates; residential monthly bills to decrease

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has completed its review of the effect of federal corporate income tax reductions on the rates of Kentucky Power Co. and ordered further reductions of those rates. In a pair of orders issued last week, the PSC approved changes that will have the net effect of reducing an average monthly residential bill by $5.90 for the remainder of 2018. The rates approved today...

Public Service Commission to take public comment on KU/LG&E Smart Meter case July 9 in Louisville

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on a request by Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E) for authorization to deploy an advanced metering system (“smart meters”) throughout the two utilities’ service areas. Details of the meeting are as follows: Monday, July 9, 5:30...

Changes coming to Kentucky’s call-before-you-dig law on July 14; financial penalties loom for violations

Beginning July 14, the Kentucky Public Service Commission will investigate excavation damage to natural gas or hazardous liquid lines to determine whether it was caused by violations of Kentucky’s call-before-you-dig law. Under a change to the law that takes effect July 14, the PSC will be able to impose financial penalties if violations are uncovered. PSC Chairman Michael Schmitt said that the stepped-up...

Public Service Commission fines City of Flemingsburg for natural gas safety violations

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined the city of Flemingsburg $60,000 for safety violations that led to an explosion during repairs to a leaking natural gas line. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC levied the $60,000 civil penalty but suspended $30,000 of the fine, subject to Flemingsburg providing additional training to employees of the city’s utility system. The explosion occurred...

PSC grants rate increase to Big Sandy RECC; typical residential monthly bills to rise by about $7

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation a revenue increase slightly larger than the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. With the rate increase granted by the PSC, a typical Big Sandy RECC residential customer will see their average monthly electric bill rise by about $7. That includes a $6.25 increase in the monthly...

As warm weather approaches PSC reminding Kentuckians to call 811 before you dig

With the arrival of warmer weather, homeowners, contractors and others are getting outside to work on projects that have been on hold through the winter. This increase in excavation activity is usually accompanied by an increase in the number of incidents of damage to underground utility facilities. That is why April is national Safe Digging Month. The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is joining...

Public Service Commission cuts KU, LG&E bills to reflect tax changes; bills to decline by six percent

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has reduced the total annual revenue of the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and of Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E) by $203.8 million to reflect the reduction in federal corporate income taxes that took effect at the first of the year. As a result of the revenue reduction, KU and LG&E residential electric customers will see their average monthly...

Public Service Commission levies $395,000 fine on LG&E for Oldham County gas line rupture

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined Louisville Gas and Electric Co. (LG&E) $395,000 for a series of violations that led to the September 2014 rupture of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline in Goshen, Oldham County. The penalty is the largest ever assessed by the PSC in a natural gas safety case. The fact that the accident occurred in close proximity to homes, a school, and...

Public Service Commission grants emergency rate increase for Martin County Water District

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Martin County Water District an emergency rate increase in order to stave off the utility’s financial collapse. In an order issued today, the PSC granted Martin County Water an annual revenue increase of about 26.5 percent, consisting of an increase in base rates and a separate surcharge that will be used by the utility to reduce its unpaid...

PSC says LG&E Louisville franchise fees should be passed through to customers as line Item on Bills

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC), in a case involving Louisville Gas and Electric Co. (LG&E) and Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, has reiterated a decades-old policy that utility franchise fees imposed by local governments should be passed through to customers and listed as a separate line item on those customers’ utility bills. “The practical effect of franchise fees...

LG&E, KU announce coal combustion residual dry storage projects ahead of schedule, under budget

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are pleased to announce they are currently on track to fully convert next year to dry storage for coal combustion residuals — eliminating the use of ash ponds and other storage impoundments at their four coal-fired power plants. LG&E and KU first launched plans to convert to dry storage about a decade ago, before the EPA’s...

Michael J. Schmitt: PSC Chairman explains process for consideration of rate increase requests

Many Kentuckians may be unaware of the role of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in their daily lives Paraphrasing our mission statement, the PSC fosters the safe, reliable service of utilities to customers at a price that is both reasonable and also allows for the financial stability of the regulated utilities.This includes rates and service for a myriad of utilities, including electricity, natural...

LG&E, KU to double donations to third party assistance programs for customers in need

With prolonged periods of sub-freezing temperatures this winter, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company will be doubling their annual support, matching $2 for every $1 donated by residential customers, to the utilities’ third-party heating assistance programs. This increased assistance will retroactively take effect starting February 1 and will continue through April 30....

PSC to hear public comment on proposed Atmos Energy rate increase Feb. 22 in Owensboro

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on an increase in natural gas base rates proposed by Atmos Energy Corp. Details of the meeting are as follows: Thursday, February 22, 5:30 p.m., CST Fiscal Court Room Daviess County Court House (Use St. Ann Street entracne) 212 St. Ann Street, Owensboro The public comment period...

PSC advising customers to seek payment plans, heating assistance as cold temps lead to higher bills

Prolonged and severe cold in December and January has led to sharply higher electric bills for customers across Kentucky, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) says. For many customers – particularly those who heat entirely or primarily with electricity – bills received from late December through January have been much larger than those for the previous billing period. That is because...

LG&E and KU reach unanimous settlement to deliver nearly $180 million in tax savings to customers

Customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company will begin to see the financial benefits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act beginning in March. The two utilities announced today that they will file a unanimous settlement agreement with the Kentucky Public Service Commission requesting approval to return tax savings to customers this spring. If approved by the...

PSC okays Kentucky American Water’s purchase of Eastern Rockcastle Water Association

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the sale of the Eastern Rockcastle Water Association to Kentucky American Water Co. (KAWC). KAWC is to pay no more than $770,000, subject to a final accounting of Eastern Rockcastle’s finances. In an order issued today, the PSC found that the sale will benefit Eastern Rockcastle’s customers, since KAWC has greater resources available to...

KY PSC decision reduces total burden on Kentucky Power Co. residential ratepayers through 2018

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has trimmed by about four-fifths of a base rate increase sought by Kentucky Power Co., and has substantially scaled back the company’s demand-side management (DSM) programs and the customer surcharges that pay for those programs. The net effect of the two orders issued Thursday will be that residential customers using the same amount of electricity will...

Mitch McConnell: A year of extraordinary progress has Senate poised for productive 2018 session

In November 2016, the American people sent President Trump to the White House and Republican majorities back to Congress. We worked together to make 2017, by any objective standard, a year of extraordinary accomplishment. While the national media may overlook or downplay any of these successes, the fact remains that Congress has achieved a number of priorities this past year for the people we represent. One...

PSC fines Jackson Purchase Energy $20,000 in January 2017 lineman electrocution fatality

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. for safety violations that contributed to the January 2017 fatal electrocution of an employee of the electric distribution cooperative. In an order issued today, the PSC said it found eight separate safety violations and assessed the maximum penalty of $2,500 for each one. Jackson Purchase was ordered to pay the $20,000...