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PSC allows more time for net metering comments from customers; public hearing postponed to Nov. 13

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended the time for comments on the implementation of a recent law that will change the way in which Kentucky electric utility customers receive credit for electricity they generate from solar panels and other renewable sources. In an order issued last week, the PSC granted a request by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to allow more time for comments...

PSC to take comments on law that changes way customers receive credit for renewable sources

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has opened a case to take comments on the implementation of a recent law that will change the way in which Kentucky electric utility customers receive credit for electricity they generate from solar panels and other renewable sources. In an order issued Tuesday, the PSC said it wants to gather information that would be useful in future rate cases that will...

Duke Energy Kentucky receives approval from PSC to raise natural gas rates, monthly customer charge

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a settlement that allows Duke Energy Kentucky to raise its rates for delivery of natural gas, but reduces by about one-third the size of the increase that Duke Kentucky originally requested. In an order issued Wednesday, the PSC made minor modifications to the settlement reached by Duke Kentucky with the Kentucky Office of Attorney General,...

Duke Energy Kentucky natural gas, Columbia Gas customers to receive credits to reflect tax savings

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed a series of cases adjusting retail electric, natural gas and water rates to reflect reductions in federal corporate income tax rates that took effect at the first of the year. In orders issued over the last week, the PSC ordered Columbia Gas of Kentucky and Duke Energy Kentucky to issue credits to customers to reflect the tax savings. The two...

PSC lifts moratorium on some Duke Energy Kentucky efficiency efforts, eliminates others

After a thorough review of the costs, benefits and need for Duke Energy Kentucky’s demand-side management (DSM) programs, the Kentucky Public Service Commission has allowed the resumption of most of the programs, while modifying or eliminating others. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC found that some of the DSM programs are needed for Duke Kentucky to meet its obligations as a member of a regional...

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...

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...

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...