Kentucky Public Service Commission

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1:29 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Western Kentucky to Get 364 Area Code, Ten-Digit Local Dialing

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a new area code for western Kentucky.

The new area code, 364, will be added to the current 270 footprint.

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.

"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.

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Environment
9:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

What Will it Take to Make Western Kentucky Aluminum Smelters Profitable?

The smokestack of an aluminum smelting plant, 1973.
Doug Wilson Environmental Protection Agency

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).

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Environment
5:24 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Public Service Commission to Study Smart Grid Technology

A smart meter installed in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.
Dwight Burdette Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will begin a study of smart grid technology, and whether the devices will help electric consumers.

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.

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Environment
3:54 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

LG&E Disputes State's Findings in December Gas Explosion

Louisville Gas and Electric is asking the case against the company for its role in a residential gas explosion in December be dismissed. In documents filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission yesterday, the company disagrees with many of the state's conclusions as to the cause of the explosion.

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Environment
11:13 am
Fri June 8, 2012

LG&E Seeks Rate Increase, Citing Infrastructure Investments

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric will request a rate increase later this month from the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

The company is proposing an increase of about seven percent for both electric and gas base rates. If it’s approved, it will raise the typical residential customer’s bill by about $10.65 per month beginning next year.

LG&E spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the rate increase is necessary for the company to recover money it has invested in the system.

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Environment
2:38 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

State Grants AEP Request to Withdraw Big Sandy Application

By Flickr user CM195902: http://bit.ly/KhOtGU

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted a request by American Electric Power to withdraw a pending application to retrofit the company's Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Public Service Commission: LG&E Can Convert Cane Run Power Plant to Natural Gas

Louisville Gas and Electric has secured state approval to build natural gas turbines at its Cane Run Power Station. The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued its ruling today.

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