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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,...

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 sets public meetings in LG&E and KU rate cases; both companies requesting rate increases

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings in Louisville and Lexington to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E). “These meetings will allow the public to learn about the PSC’s ratemaking process and to present their views directly to members of the...

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...

PSC to cut red tape by streamlining rate adjustment process for rural electric distribution cooperatives

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has opened a proceeding to determine how to simplify the process used by rural electric distribution cooperatives when applying for rate adjustments. In an order issued last week, the PSC noted that the majority of the expenses used to determine the rates of distribution cooperatives are the pass-through of generation and transmission costs. Those costs already...

PSC approves Big Rivers Electric request to end most demand-side management programs

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized the discontinuation of nearly all demand-side management (DSM) programs conducted by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and its member distribution cooperatives. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC approved a request by Big Rivers, Jackson Purchase Energy Corp., and Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. (RECC) to end the programs. The utilities...

PSC Names Karen Wilson as legislative director; veteran of state government to advise commissioners

Karen Wilson, a 22-year employee of Kentucky state government, has joined the staff of the Kentucky Public Service Commission as its legislative liaison and executive advisor to the commissioners. Wilson most recently served a policy advisor in the Department of Energy Policy in the Energy and Environment Cabinet. She previously held several other posts in EEC and also worked in the Governor’s Office...

Kentucky Public Service Commission approves transfer of sewer systems in McCracken County

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the transfer of two small sewer systems in McCracken County to the Paducah-McCracken County Joint Sewer System. In an order issued today, the PSC found that the transfer of the systems serving the Joann Estates and Wilmington Chiles subdivisions will benefit their customers by improving service and reducing their bills. The PSC also found that,...

PSC grants Martin County Water rate increase but orders troubled utility to obtain outside management

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Martin County Water District a permanent rate increase, while also ordering the district to contract with an outside party to manage the troubled utility. In an order issued Monday, the PSC told Martin County Water that a failure to comply with the terms of the order could prompt the commission to either force a merger with another water system...

Kentucky residents to see lower prices for natural gas at start of heating season

Kentucky residents who heat their homes with natural gas will see somewhat lower prices at the start of the 2018-19 heating season than they did a year ago, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Natural gas prices have fallen, on average, about 13 percent from this time last year, and are now about 64 percent below their level 10 years ago. When base rates – which include monthly customer...