Electric co-ops intervene in rate hike request

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Three western Kentucky electric cooperatives have intervened in a request by a regional utility to significantly increase rates.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports Jackson Purchase Energy Corp., Kenergy Corp. and Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative filed the paperwork Wednesday with the Public Service Commission.

They say a proposed increase by Big Rivers Electric Corporation would increase rates for a typical customer by about $24 each month. Representatives from all three companies say they want to minimize the impact.

Henderson-based Big Rivers has said the increase is needed due to the impending loss of its largest customer, Century Aluminum in Hancock County.

Big Rivers supplies wholesale power for the three co-ops, which serve about 112,000 customers in 22 counties.

Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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