Big Rivers Electric Corporation

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Three communities in far west Kentucky could soon operate small solar facilities as part of a state project testing integration into the power grid. The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s proposal to build facilities in seven locations including Paducah, Benton and Livingston County.

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A western Kentucky utility is seeking to provide wholesale power to nine cities across the Commonwealth.  The state’s Public Service Commission offered its backing Monday. 

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The Big Rivers Electric Corporation is being advised to better forecast power market prices and sell off unused plants in order to mitigate the costs of losing two of its biggest customers.  

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has released the findings of the operating audit it ordered on the utility last year.

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Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s plans to sell wholesale power to Nebraska customers in hopes of cutting costs to current customers.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has selected a consulting firm to audit the management of Big Rivers Electric Corporation after the company lost two of its largest customers. 

Massachusetts-based Concentric Energy Advisers will begin the focused management audit later this month.

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission holds the final public meetings for the Big Rivers Electric rate case next Wednesday.

The PSC’s meeting is in Frankfort, but the public may voice their concerns about a 20 percent rate increase through a video conference.

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.

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for customers of Big Rivers Electric Corporation.

The utility sought the increase to absorb the loss of its biggest customer, an aluminum smelter.

The PSC authorized Big Rivers to seek an additional $54.2 million from customers. That is about $20 million less than requested.

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A western Kentucky 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.

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.

Big Rivers Public Meeting Rescheduled

Jun 12, 2013

The Kentucky Public Service Commission videoconference call in Paducah over the proposed twenty percent rate increase for Big Rivers Electric Corp. has been rescheduled.

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.

Meeting times and locations:


Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. CDT

Crounse Hall, Room 228

West Kentucky Community and Technical College