Kentucky Public Service Commission http://wfpl.org en Western Kentucky to Get 364 Area Code, Ten-Digit Local Dialing http://wfpl.org/post/western-kentucky-get-364-area-code-ten-digit-local-dialing <p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a new area code for western Kentucky.</p> <p>The new area code, 364, will be added to the current 270 footprint.</p> <p>PSC Spokesman Andrew Melnykovich say with the overlay, people who currently use 270 won’t have to change numbers, but there will be a different dialing pattern.</p> <p>"In order to distinguish between the two area codes within the same area, ten-digit dialing with become mandatory for all local calls. That’s similar to what you see in most big cities in the United States today," he said.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:29:17 +0000 Rick Howlett 3008 at http://wfpl.org Western Kentucky to Get 364 Area Code, Ten-Digit Local Dialing What Will it Take to Make Western Kentucky Aluminum Smelters Profitable? http://wfpl.org/post/what-will-it-take-make-western-kentucky-aluminum-smelters-profitable <p>Over the past several months, there have been worries that two big aluminum smelters in western Kentucky will shut down. Rio Tinto-Alcan has a plant in Sebree (Webster County) and Century Aluminum has a plant in Hawesville (Hancock County).</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1964 at http://wfpl.org What Will it Take to Make Western Kentucky Aluminum Smelters Profitable? Public Service Commission to Study Smart Grid Technology http://wfpl.org/post/public-service-commission-study-smart-grid-technology <p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission <a href="http://psc.ky.gov/agencies/psc/press/102012/1001_r02.PDF" target="_blank">will begin a study </a>of smart grid technology, and whether the devices will help electric consumers.</p><p>The term “smart grid” is used to refer to technology like smart meters, and other equipment that helps utilities monitor electricity and detect outages. PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says the tools can be useful for consumers, too.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:24:42 +0000 Erica Peterson 1848 at http://wfpl.org Public Service Commission to Study Smart Grid Technology LG&E Disputes State's Findings in December Gas Explosion http://wfpl.org/post/lge-disputes-states-findings-december-gas-explosion <p>Louisville Gas and Electric is asking the case against the company for its role in a residential gas explosion in December be dismissed. <a href="http://psc.ky.gov/PSCSCF/2012%20cases/2012-00239/20120716_LG%26E%27s_Response.pdf" target="_blank">In documents filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission yesterday</a>, the company disagrees with <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/lge-cited-gas-safety-violations" target="_blank">many of the state&#39;s conclusions </a>as to the cause of the explosion.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:54:26 +0000 Erica Peterson 1038 at http://wfpl.org LG&E Seeks Rate Increase, Citing Infrastructure Investments http://wfpl.org/post/lge-seeks-rate-increase-citing-infrastructure-investments <p><a href="http://www.lge-ku.com">Louisville Gas and Electric</a> will request a rate increase later this month from the Kentucky Public Service Commission.</p><p>The company is proposing <a href="http://www.lge-ku.com/rates/">an increase of about seven percent</a> for both electric and gas base rates. If it&rsquo;s approved, it will raise the typical residential customer&rsquo;s bill by about $10.65 per month beginning next year.</p><p>LG&amp;E spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the rate increase is necessary for the company to recover money it has invested in the system.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:13:39 +0000 Erica Peterson 580 at http://wfpl.org LG&E Seeks Rate Increase, Citing Infrastructure Investments State Grants AEP Request to Withdraw Big Sandy Application http://wfpl.org/post/state-grants-aep-request-withdraw-big-sandy-application <p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission has <a href="http://psc.ky.gov/Order_Vault/Orders_2012/201100401_05312012.pdf">granted a request </a>by American Electric Power to withdraw a pending application to retrofit the company&#39;s Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 18:38:18 +0000 Erica Peterson 486 at http://wfpl.org State Grants AEP Request to Withdraw Big Sandy Application Public Service Commission: LG&E Can Convert Cane Run Power Plant to Natural Gas http://wfpl.org/post/public-service-commission-lge-can-convert-cane-run-power-plant-natural-gas <p>Louisville Gas and Electric has <a href="http://psc.ky.gov/agencies/psc/press/052012/0503_r01.PDF" target="_blank">secured state approval </a>to build natural gas turbines at its Cane Run Power Station. The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued its ruling today.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 18:42:49 +0000 Erica Peterson 125 at http://wfpl.org