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Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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Utility companies in Kentucky will continue to have the choice of deciding whether to use advanced or “smart” meters to monitor their customers’ use of electricity.

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The Sierra Club and MESS sponsored an event at Murray State on alternative energy with guest Dr. Don Colliver, a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of the UK Biosystems and Ag Engineer Department. He's been involved in building design and energy-related teaching, research and outreach activities for over 35 years. On Sounds Good, Tracy sat down with Dr. Colliver to discuss ways to increase energy efficiency in homes, where Kentucky ranks in energy usage and how water conservation is connected to energy issues. 

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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