PSC Hears Complaints About Big Rivers Rate Hike
FRANKFORT, KY - Residents and businesses in western Kentucky are voicing opposition to a rate increase proposed by Big Rivers Electric Corp.
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports about a dozen people spoke Wednesday during a video conference held by the Public Service Commission to take comments on the proposal to boost monthly residential bills by about $25 to $30 per month.
Big Rivers is requesting the increase to make up for revenue that will be lost when a second aluminum smelter leaves at system this month. The electric co-op says the increase is needed for the company to remain financially stable.
The PSC hearing over the matter is expected to continue Thursday and comments are being accepted through Friday.
PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych said a decision is expected by the end of April.
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