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Public sentiment mixed over Kentucky Power rate hike

With speakers conjuring images of senior citizens being unable to afford medications to coal miners losing their jobs, emotions and rhetoric were highly charged Wednesday night during one of four Public Service Commission meetings to gauge public sentiment over a 30 percent rate hike proposed by Kentucky Power.

Before the comment period began, PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych gave a brief overview of the project behind proposed increase, which grew out of a federal consent decree that Kentucky Power either bring sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions from its Big Sandy power plant in Louisa into line with the Clean Air Act by the end of 2015 or stop burning coal at the facility altogether. The utility’s plan in response is to shutter the smaller of its two generators at the facility and install a nearly $1 billion scrubber on the other one.

Filed under: Kentucky | Economy | Around the region | Environment


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