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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 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...

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 grants Inter-County Energy rate increase; utility covers more than 26,000 customers in 12 counties

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Inter-County Energy Cooperative Corp. a revenue increase slightly smaller than the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. The increase means that a typical Inter-County Energy residential customer will see the average monthly electric bill rise by about $8.99, or about 8.3 percent. That includes a $6.23 increase in the monthly...

A Christmas wish: Citizens of Martin County want clean water flowing from the tap

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Clean water flowing from the tap still is a luxury for many residents of Martin County who continue to experience the ripple effects of a 2000 coal slurry spill.  

Nina McCoy, chair of Martin County Concerned Citizens, says the disaster uncovered the water company’s deteriorating infrastructure, which has still not been resolved.  

McCoy says cracked,...

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...

Both of state’s Affordable Care Act providers seek rate hikes; Anthem to return to some counties

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The two health insurers offering government-subsidized health plans in Kentucky’s individual market for 2019 are both requesting an overall rate hike, the most popular one seeking increases averaging 3.5 percent and the other asking for 19.4 percent. Insurers offering plans for small groups under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are asking...

Public Service Commission grants emergency rate increase for Martin County Water District

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Martin County Water District an emergency rate increase in order to stave off the utility’s financial collapse. In an order issued today, the PSC granted Martin County Water an annual revenue increase of about 26.5 percent, consisting of an increase in base rates and a separate surcharge that will be used by the utility to reduce its unpaid...

PSC sets Lexington public hearing on Kentucky-American Water rate increase request for June 7

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 7 in Lexington to receive public comments on a rate increase requested by Kentucky-American Water Co. The public comment meeting will be preceded by an information session during which PSC staff will explain the process used to determine utility rates. The presentation will include an overview of the KAWC application. The...