A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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...

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...

PSC orders for-profit utilities to track federal tax savings in effort to pass savings on to consumers

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has ordered for-profit utilities to track their savings under lower corporate tax rates that took effect yesterday, paving the way for those savings to be passed on to customers in the form of lower electric, gas or water rates. In two orders issued Dec. 27 the PSC noted that investor-owned utilities recover their federal tax expenses from ratepayers. Under...