smelter http://wkms.org en 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 As Session Nears Close, Kentucky Legislators Grapple with Smelter Issue http://wkms.org/post/session-nears-close-kentucky-legislators-grapple-smelter-issue <p></p><p>With only two days left in this year's Kentucky General Assembly session, time is running out for supporters of legislation meant to keep two western Kentucky aluminum smelters—which employ about 3,000 people—from closing. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:19:09 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 29303 at http://wkms.org As Session Nears Close, Kentucky Legislators Grapple with Smelter Issue 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