Hawesville 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 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