Big Rivers Electric Corporation http://wkms.org en Kentucky Public Service Commission Sets Final Meetings for Big Rivers Rate Case http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-public-service-commission-sets-final-meetings-big-rivers-rate-case <p></p><p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission holds the final public meetings for the Big Rivers Electric rate case next Wednesday.</p><p>The PSC’s meeting is in Frankfort, but the public may voice their concerns about a 20 percent rate increase through a video conference. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:42:27 +0000 Whitney Jones 37755 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Public Service Commission Sets Final Meetings for Big Rivers Rate Case Big Rivers Customers Can Expect Another Rate Increase, As Sebree Smelter Opts Out of Contract http://wkms.org/post/big-rivers-customers-can-expect-another-rate-increase-sebree-smelter-opts-out-contract <p>The Big Rivers Electric Corp. will be forced to raise rates again for its 113,000 customers, as a second western Kentucky aluminum smelter has reached an agreement to purchase its electricity on the free market. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:01:00 +0000 John Null 36810 at http://wkms.org Big Rivers Customers Can Expect Another Rate Increase, As Sebree Smelter Opts Out of Contract Big Rivers Rate Increase Approved http://wkms.org/post/big-rivers-rate-increase-approved <p></p><p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for customers of Big Rivers Electric Corporation.</p><p>The utility sought the increase to absorb the loss of its biggest customer, an aluminum smelter.</p><p>The PSC authorized Big Rivers to seek an additional $54.2 million from customers. That is about $20 million less than requested. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:24:13 +0000 The Associated Press 36150 at http://wkms.org Big Rivers Rate Increase Approved Jackson Purchase Electric Notifies Customers Of Rate Increase http://wkms.org/post/jackson-purchase-electric-notifies-customers-rate-increase <p style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">A western Kentucky&nbsp;</span><font color="#333333">electric utility is telling customers their rates will increase by more than 20 percent after its power supplier lost its biggest customer, an aluminum smelter.</font></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;">Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. is telling rate-payers their electric bills will increase by an average of about $22 a month. The higher rates begin Tuesday. The utility's power supplier, Big Rivers Electric Corp, recently lost the Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville as a customer. Big Rivers is requesting a $68.6 million rate increase to cover the losses.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:57:43 +0000 The Associated Press 34129 at http://wkms.org Jackson Purchase Electric Notifies Customers Of Rate Increase Big Rivers Public Meeting Rescheduled http://wkms.org/post/big-rivers-public-meeting-rescheduled <p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission videoconference call in Paducah over the proposed twenty percent rate increase for Big Rivers Electric Corp. has been rescheduled.</p><p>The call, which would have coincided with similar meetings in Henderson and Owensboro, was slated for Thursday. To avoid conflict with a Jackson Purchase Energy meeting, the Paducah session will be held June 18 instead.</p><p>Meeting times and locations:</p><p>ŸPaducah</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. CDT</span></p><p>Crounse Hall, Room 228</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:34:40 +0000 Austin Ramsey 32006 at http://wkms.org Coalition Forms to Oppose Electricity Rate Increase in Western Kentucky from Smelter Deal http://wkms.org/post/coalition-forms-oppose-electricity-rate-increase-western-kentucky-smelter-deal <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">A coalition of western Kentucky businesses and residents has formed in hopes of minimizing the fallout of an electricity rates deal between Big Rivers Electric Co-Op and western Kentucky aluminum smelters. Fri, 17 May 2013 16:24:59 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31685 at http://wkms.org Coalition Forms to Oppose Electricity Rate Increase in Western Kentucky from Smelter Deal Gooch Sponsors Power Entity Merger Bill http://wkms.org/post/gooch-sponsors-power-entity-merger-bill <p></p><p>Representative Jim Gooch of Providence is sponsoring a bill in Kentucky’s General Assembly that would force a merger of Kentucky's two power generation and distribution entities. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:01:53 +0000 John Walker 28434 at http://wkms.org Gooch Sponsors Power Entity Merger Bill KY Legislators Want Big Rivers And Smeltors To Find Middle Ground http://wkms.org/post/ky-legislators-want-big-rivers-and-smeltors-find-middle-ground <p></p><p>A legislative panel has postponed its vote on a bill that would allow two aluminum smelters in western Kentucky to purchase electricity on the open market. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:44:43 +0000 John Walker 28085 at http://wkms.org KY Legislators Want Big Rivers And Smeltors To Find Middle Ground W. Ky. Aluminum Smelter Could Close http://wkms.org/post/w-ky-aluminum-smelter-could-close <p>Nearly 700 employees at an aluminum smelter in Hawesville may lose their jobs because the power costs to operate the plant are too high. Century Aluminum Company says it gave a 12-month notice Monday to terminate its power contract with Big Rivers Electric Corp. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:55:56 +0000 Angela Hatton & The Associated Press 21031 at http://wkms.org W. Ky. Aluminum Smelter Could Close Big Rivers Cost Hearings http://wkms.org/post/big-rivers-cost-hearings <p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings this month looking for comment on a new environmental compliance plan by Big Rivers Electric Corporation. Big Rivers is seeking PSC authorization to spend over $283 million to comply with new federal environmental requirements. Spokesman Marty Littrel said these investment costs will trickle down to the customer in coming years.&nbsp;Big Rivers provides wholesale power to its owners, Jackson Purchase Energy, Kenergy, and Meade County Rural Electric corporations. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:17:13 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 20665 at http://wkms.org Big Rivers Cost Hearings