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Andy McDonald: Future of rooftop solar uncertain as Kentucky regulators weigh changes to net metering

Kentucky’s Legislature has approved changes to Kentucky’s net metering law which undermines access to solar power for many Kentuckians. The new law makes it harder for people to use solar power to reduce their energy bills and threatens the viability of Kentucky’s small solar businesses. Traditional net metering enables customers to connect solar panels to the utility grid and receive credits...

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...

Public Service Commission to hold natural gas safety events in five cities across Kentucky during October

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding events across Kentucky next month to demonstrate how to avoid natural gas lines during excavation and the consequences of failing to do so. Contractors who do excavation, emergency responders, and natural gas system operators are encouraged to attend one of the five “mock line strike” events. Energy Technologies, LLC, or Enertech, will conduct...

PSC picks Vantage Energy Consulting to conduct management audit of Grayson RECC

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has selected a consulting firm to review the management of Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. (Grayson RECC) and evaluate whether the electric distribution cooperative should be merged with another utility. href=”http://vantageenergyconsulting.com”>Vantage Energy Consulting, LLC, based in Florida, will conduct the review. The PSC ordered...

B&H Gas, Johnson County Gas and owner Bud Rife fined $107,000 for violating statutes, PSC orders

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined Johnson County Gas Co. and B&H Gas Co. and their owner and president, Bud Rife, a total of $107,500 for violating Kentucky statutes and PSC orders 34 times. The violations involve issuing unauthorized debt in connection with since-dismissed rate cases filed by the companies and failing to adjust the amount charged to Johnson County Gas customers...

PSC allows transfer of eight sewer systems; most have financial, operational, environmental challenges

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the sale of eight small sewer systems to a Missouri-based company that has promised to correct long-standing problems with most of the systems. In an order issued Wednesday, the PSC found that Bluegrass Water Utility Operating Co., LLC, a subsidiary of Central States Water Resources, has the necessary financial, technical and managerial ability...

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...

PSC investigates nearly 1,000 damages to gas pipelines in past year, issues more than 400 citations

A year after taking over enforcement of the state’s call-before-you-dig statute as it relates to natural gas or hazardous liquid lines, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued more than 400 citations for violations of the law. The PSC assumed responsibility for enforcing the law on July 14, 2018. Since then, the PSC has received nearly 1,000 reports of excavation-caused damage to...

PSC grants rate increase to Ky. American Water, approves surcharge for water main improvements

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted a rate adjustment to Kentucky American Water Co. (KAWC) that is about one-third less than the amount requested by the utility. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC authorized a $13.40 million, or about 15.23 percent, increase in Kentucky American’s annual revenue. The utility had requested an increase of $19.86 million, or 22.6 percent. The...

Kentucky Public Service Commission grants rate increase to Jackson Purchase Energy

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. a rate adjustment that will increase the monthly residential customer charge without changing the per-unit cost of electricity. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC found that Jackson Purchase Energy should receive slightly less additional revenue than the utility had requested. The PSC adjusted the request downward...

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...

PSC denies request by Atmos Energy to increase rates, but fixed customer charge will rise

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has denied a request by Atmos Energy to increase rates, leaving the total base rate portion of the monthly bill essentially unchanged for residential customers. But, in an order issued Tuesday, the PSC restructured the monthly bill, increasing the fixed customer charge while reducing the usage-dependent charge for delivery of each 1,000 cubic feet (Mcf)...

PSC sets new rates for KU and LG&E; increases are smaller than those sought by the utilities

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has set new base rates for Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU), at levels lower than those applied for by the two utilities. The rates approved in orders issued Tuesday are the product of a partial settlement between the utilities and other parties to the case and PSC decisions on matters left unresolved by the...

PSC to hold public meeting May 6 on rate increase requested by Kentucky American Water

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will conduct a meeting on May 6 at Bryan Station High School in Lexington to provide information on and receive public comments about the pending rate increase requested by the Kentucky American Water Co. The meeting will begin with an information session during which PSC staff will explain how rates are set and the PSC’s review process. The presentation will...

PSC says it has received 700 reports of damage to natural gas lines since July; call before you dig

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Since the Kentucky Public Service Commission took over responsibility for enforcing the state’s Call Before You Dig program last July, there have been more than 700 reports of damage to natural gas lines in Kentucky. 
Last year’s changes made by the General Assembly to the underground facility protection statute require operators of natural gas lines to file reports...

Public Service Commission sets meeting on KY American Water pending rate increase on May 6

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will conduct a meeting in Lexington to provide information on and receive public comments about the pending rate increase requested by the Kentucky American Water Co. “This meeting will allow the public to learn about the PSC’s ratemaking process and Kentucky American Water’s application and to present their views directly to members of the Commission as...

PSC grants rate increase to Grayson RECC, but criticizes cooperative’s leadership

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted a rate increase to Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. (RECC) and has ordered the utility to undergo a comprehensive audit of its management practices. In orders issued Thursday, the PSC said Grayson RECC’s top leadership had effectively ignored a 2013 directive, issued in its last rate case, to improve its finances and operations. That...

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,...