Hearings begin tomorrow in Frankfort, as the Kentucky Public Service Commission considers a request for environmental upgrades and higher rates from Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. Commissioners will also hear from a consultant who has found flaws with the request. The utility companies are proposing to spend $2.5 billion to bring their fleets… Continue reading Consultant Will Testify About Flaws in KU, LG&E Rate Proposal
About 50 people gathered at a middle school in West Louisville tonight to tell the state’s Public Service Commission what they think about proposed utility rate increases. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have both proposed rate increases to help the companies recover the costs for new pollution-reducing technology that will soon be required by… Continue reading PSC Hears Testimony on Proposed Utility Rate Increase
One of the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s public meetings on proposed utility rate increases is scheduled for tonight in Louisville. Commissioners will give an educational presentation about the request, then take testimony from the public. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have requested that the PSC allow them to raise utility rates to pay… Continue reading PSC Will Hold Public Meeting on Utility Increases in Louisville Tonight
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled four public meetings next month around the state so commissioners can hear testimony from the public about proposed utility rate increases. Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have requested the PSC allow them to raise utility rates to pay for environmental upgrades to their power plants. LG&E… Continue reading PSC Sets Dates for Public Comment on Rate Increases
Saturday evening’s storm knocked out power to more than 120,000 area residents, and crews have been working since then to restore electricity. The work will be expensive, and ratepayers will shoulder the burden. Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have a special account they use to finance storm damages. But in the case of… Continue reading Storm Damage May Lead to Higher Electricity Rates
The Kentucky House is ordering a study to determine if state Public Service Commission members should be elected, not appointed. But it was a close vote.
A Senate bill aimed at expanding the Kentucky Public Service Commission to seven members, elected by the people, has been altered in House committee. The bill now calls for creation of a legislative task force to study the issue and make recommendations for next year.
Chamber President Dave Adkisson says the legislation would turn the PSC into a playground for amateur politicians and those seeking a state paycheck and little else. Proponents of the bill say it would make the PSC more accountable to Kentuckians who don’t want higher electricity rates.
Among other things, the Public Service Comission rules on utilities’ requests to raise rates. The legislation comes amid widespread criticism from consumers across Kentucky about rising electric rates.
The bill calls for the PSC to be expanded from three to seven. Each congressional district would elect one member to the panel, and another at-large member would also serve.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has begun communicating with customers, 140 characters at a time.
The PSC has joined Twitter, and will use the service to send short messages about utility hearings and power outages.