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PSC clears road for electric vehicle charging stations; removes potential obstacle of regulation

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled Friday that electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are not utilities and therefore should not be subject to regulation. The ruling, contained in an order issued Friday, is intended to remove any ambiguity over the legal status of EV charging stations and pave the way for the deployment of more such stations in Kentucky. The PSC noted in the order...

PSC allows Jackson Energy to restructure rates; shift designed to stabilize, not increase, revenue

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has allowed Jackson Energy Cooperative Corp. to restructure its rates by increasing the monthly residential customer charge while decreasing the cost per kilowatt-hour of electricity. In an order issued Monday, the PSC found that Jackson Energy’s proposed changes will not alter the utility’s overall revenue and will provide a steadier income stream in...

Emergency rate increase granted to Southern Water; meter problems force move to flat rate in Floyd Co.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted an interim emergency rate increase to Southern Water and Sewer District in Floyd County in order to forestall the utility’s financial and operational collapse. In an order issued today, the PSC cited “extraordinary circumstances” in directing Southern Water to shift to a flat rate for all retail customers and to immediately suspend all...

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,...

PSC grants Water Service Corp. of Kentucky rate increase, but 37 percent below the amount sought

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Water Service Corp. of Kentucky a rate increase that is 37 percent below the amount sought by the utility. In an order issued Monday, the PSC explained a number of adjustments it had made to the company’s request, including reducing certain allowable expenses and changing calculations for depreciation. As a result, Water Service Kentucky will...

PSC denies rate increase to Southern Water District; utility unable to provide accurate financial data

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has denied a request by Southern Water District to increase rates after the Floyd County utility was unable to provide accurate records related to its billing and revenue. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC said “that it cannot reasonably rely on the information” provided by Southern Water and therefore cannot grant the rate increase. Southern Water in July...

Public Service Commission rejects South Kentucky RECC power purchase deal with Morgan Stanley

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has rejected a proposal by South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. to enter into a long-term agreement to purchase power through Morgan Stanley Capital Group, Inc. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC found that the deal with Morgan Stanley violates South Kentucky’s obligation to purchase most of its electricity from the East Kentucky Power Cooperative...

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 adjusts Kentucky American Water rates to reflect federal tax changes

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has reduced the annual revenue of Kentucky American Water Co., thereby lowering the average monthly bill for residential customers. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC approved rates to reflect reduced federal corporate income tax rates that took effect at the first of the year. The result will be a savings of $3.84 per month for a typical residential customer...

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...

Special examination of City of Whitesburg results in two findings to be referred to attorney general

A special examination into the City of Whitesburg has resulted in nine findings, two of which will be referred to the Kentucky Office of Attorney General for further investigation, Kentucky’s Auditor of Public Accounts announced Wednesday. “Essentially our auditors found very poor oversight and controls by the city over its finances, in particular overbilling for its water and sewer department,”...