Big Rivers Electric 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 Public Service Commission Approves Power Contract for Century Aluminum http://wkms.org/post/public-service-commission-approves-power-contract-century-aluminum <p></p><p>The Public Service Commission approved agreements today that allow the Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville to purchase electric power on the open market through Kenergy Coporation instead of power generated by Big Rivers Electric.</p><p>PSC Spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says Century’s electricity will still run through Big Rivers’ system, the corporation just won’t be providing electricity it generates.</p><p><em>“In essence what will happen is Big Rivers is going to go as Century’s agent, purchase the electricity on the open market, transmit it through its transmission system to Kenergy, which will then supply it to Century," he says. "Century in essence then pays market rates for that power.”</em> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:30:19 +0000 Whitney Jones 34006 at http://wkms.org Public Service Commission Approves Power Contract for Century Aluminum Public Service Commission to Hold Public Meetings for Big Rivers Electric Rate Increase http://wkms.org/post/public-service-commission-hold-public-meetings-big-rivers-electric-rate-increase <p></p><p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission will conduct public hearings in Paducah, Henderson and Owensboro over a proposed rate hike for electric customers who could see their bills increase by nearly 20 percent.</p><p>The proposed hike comes as Big Rivers Electric attempts to raise a $74.5 million to fill a budget hole left by its biggest customer, Century Aluminum and pay debt obligations.</p><p>The possible 20 percent increase would account for an extra $24 per month for the average customer. Industrial customers would see nearly 17 percent rate increases. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:05:30 +0000 Whitney Jones 31892 at http://wkms.org Public Service Commission to Hold Public Meetings for Big Rivers Electric Rate Increase Big Rivers Electric Rates Likely to Increase http://wkms.org/post/big-rivers-electric-rates-likely-increase <p></p><p>Big Rivers Electric’s decision to let Century Aluminum out of its contract in August, may mean significant electric rate increases throughout the region.</p><p>Big Rivers spokesperson Marty Littrel said the aluminum smelter will be able to buy electricity elsewhere on the open market. But since the smelter is Big Rivers’ biggest customer, Littrel said the power supplier has to raise rates about 20 percent.</p><p><em>“All we’re trying to do is cover our expenses here,” he said. “We’ll likely have to idle a plant because this is a huge revenue loss for us.”</em> Wed, 01 May 2013 17:48:54 +0000 Whitney Jones 31266 at http://wkms.org Big Rivers Electric Rates Likely to Increase Aluminum Smelter Notifies Employees of August Shut Down http://wkms.org/post/aluminum-smelter-notifies-employees-august-shut-down <p></p><p>The Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville has notified employees that it plans to shut down operations Aug. 20 unless it can get lower electric rates.</p><p>The aluminum smelter has been in negotiations with its power supplier, Big Rivers Electric Corporation, for more than a year. Both parties say they are still trying to negotiate a deal before time runs out. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:09:34 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30733 at http://wkms.org Aluminum Smelter Notifies Employees of August Shut Down 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 Big Rivers Electric Customers Can Expect Rate Increases http://wkms.org/post/big-rivers-electric-customers-can-expect-rate-increases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big Rivers Electric customers in western Kentucky can expect a marginal increase in their rates soon but a much larger increase could be coming their way in July. The Kentucky Public Service Commission reaffirmed a 2011 decision that decreased subsidies for two aluminum smelters, fixed a $450,000 mathematical error and added legal costs, which adds 45 cents to the average customer’s bill.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:23:11 +0000 Whitney Jones 27432 at http://wkms.org Big Rivers Electric Customers Can Expect Rate Increases Settlement Cuts Cost of Pollution Control Plan http://wkms.org/post/settlement-cuts-cost-pollution-control-plan <p>A federal court ruling on power plant emissions has prompted a settlement cutting the cost of Big Rivers Electric’s pollution control plan by $225 million. The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced the settlement Monday. The electric company had proposed spending more than $283 million on pollution control systems for the plants in Hawesville, Centertown and two in Sebree in order to comply with federal rules. But in August, a federal court overruled some emission control regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:18:40 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 22736 at http://wkms.org Settlement Cuts Cost of Pollution Control Plan