Big Rivers Electric Corporation

12:19 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Public Service Commission Hires Firm to Begin Big Rivers Audit This Month


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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2:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Public Service Commission Sets Final Meetings for Big Rivers Rate Case

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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.

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5:01 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Big Rivers Customers Can Expect Another Rate Increase, As Sebree Smelter Opts Out of Contract


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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6:24 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Big Rivers Rate Increase Approved


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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3:57 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Jackson Purchase Electric Notifies Customers Of Rate Increase

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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.

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1:34 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Big Rivers Public Meeting Rescheduled

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

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11:24 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Coalition Forms to Oppose Electricity Rate Increase in Western Kentucky from Smelter Deal

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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.

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1:01 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Gooch Sponsors Power Entity Merger Bill


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.

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2:44 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

KY Legislators Want Big Rivers And Smeltors To Find Middle Ground


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.

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2:55 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

W. Ky. Aluminum Smelter Could Close

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.

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