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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 OKs revision of energy assistance to help low-income customers with winter heating bills

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has authorized Kentucky Power Co. to provide additional assistance to low-income residential customers who are having difficulty paying their home heating bills. In an order issued Tuesday, the PSC approved a joint proposal by Kentucky Power and Community Action Kentucky, Inc. (CAK) to revamp the company’s existing program. CAK administers assistance programs...

Rural Blog: Appalachia hit twice by coal declines; fewer jobs, ‘crippling’ bills for more expensive power

“As coal mining has collapsed across Appalachia, residents in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia have been socked with a double whammy—crippling electric bills to go along with a declining economy,” James Bruggers reports for Inside Climate News. (KyForward file photo) American Electric Power subsidiaries Wheeling Power and Appalachian Power requested permission from the West Virginia...

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...

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...

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...

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...