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Business
4:14 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

TVA Fuel Prices Lowest in Four Years, Lowering Wholesale Power Cost

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Tennessee Valley Authority fuel prices are the lowest they’ve been since the agency began recording them four years ago.

TVA Spokesman Scott Brooks says the average wholesale cost per kilowatt hour in November is 7 cents. He added that the fuel price is passed on to consumers and makes up about a third of the wholesale price. For November, Brooks says fuel cost is 1.8 cents out of the 7 cents wholesale price.

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Government
5:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Paducah Power Rates Hurt City Government Too, But Not as Painful as Residents’ Bills

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High Paducah Power rates are impacting both residents and the city through higher bills for government buildings and lighting.

City Manager Jeff Pederson said electricity makes up a small portion of the budget, totaling more than $1.1 million out of a $44.7 million budget in fiscal year 2013.

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Government
3:36 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Correction: Law Prohibits Certain Power Customers From Tapping Another Provider

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As public outcry continues over high Paducah Power System residential bills, disgruntled customers remain stuck with the provider, even if they wanted to switch. 

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Environment
4:58 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

'On the Grid,' Regulations for Electric Utilities Part 3

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In the third of three conversations with freelance writer Nancy Grant of Louisville, she and Kate discuss her series “On The Grid” for Kentucky Living magazine, about how regulations keep the complex electric utility system running smoothly.

See more about Nancy's work on her website.

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Environment
12:52 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

'On the Grid,' Regulations for Electric Utilities Part 2

In the second of three conversations with freelance writer Nancy Grant of Louisville, she and Kate discuss  her series “On The Grid” for Kentucky Living magazine, about how regulations keep the complex electric utility system running smoothly. In this conversation, they speak about the 'rules that keep the power flowing, how an invisible web of federal rules and regulations governs electric utility operations and affect your bills,' an article written by Grant.. See more about Nancy's work on her website.

Environment
2:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

'On the Grid,' How Regulations Keep Electric Utilities Running Smoothly

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In the first of three conversations with freelance writer Nancy Grant of Louisville, she and Kate discuss  her series “On The Grid” for Kentucky Living magazine, about how regulations keep the complex electric utility system running smoothly. They speak about month's feature, which takes a look at how utility companies operated in the past, in order to understand the present and future. See more about Nancy's work on her website.

Business
8:11 am
Fri December 21, 2012

LG&E, KU Rates to Increase in 2013

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission accepted a settlement increasing the base electric and natural gas rates for Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company customers. The rate increases take effect Jan. 1. The average monthly bill for a KU residential customer will increase around $5. LG&E electric customers can expect around a $4 increase and natural gas customers a $5.50 increase.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon October 8, 2012

TVA Becoming Less Coal Dependent

The Tennessee Valley Authority's reliance on coal has dropped and the use of natural gas as fuel to generate electricity has increased. The Commercial Appeal reports TVA's use of gas climbed 70 percent in the fiscal year ended September 30. At the same time, coal-fired generation declined 30 percent from fiscal year 2011.

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Business
2:55 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

W. Ky. Aluminum Smelter Could Close

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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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Business
3:01 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

TVA Will Not Raise Electricity Rates for Customers

The Tennessee Valley Authority will keep electricity rates the same for customers in the coming fiscal year. TVA's board of directors voted today to approve an over eleven billion dollar budget without raising rate hikes for the fiscal year that begins October 1st. The federal utility provides electricity to 9 million people in seven states, including Kentucky and Tennessee.  TVA CEO Tom Kilgore also announced at the meeting that he will be retiring after 6 years in the position.

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