Energy

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities WANT TO SIGNIFICANTLY RAISE YOUR BASIC RATES. The utilities have filed with the Public Service Commission to raise the monthly fixed charge by about 100% [PSC Cases 2016-00370, 00371]. This anti-consumer and anti-business proposal not only seeks to hike company profits at the expense of Kentucky households, but also rewards energy waste while penalizing those who work hard to be efficient or to generate their own energy.
  • Low-income customers tend to use less energy and stand to lose more under a rate structure that nearly doubles fixed monthly charges.
  • Under KU’s proposal, a home using 500 kWh/month would be hit with a whopping 17 percent higher bill, while a home using 1,500 kWh/month would see only a 4 percent increase.
  • LG&E gas and electric bills combined would start at $46 per month (up from the current $24.25)–even if a customer uses no electricity or natural gas at all.
The utilities’ proposal raises revenue at the expense of its most vulnerable and responsible customers. It discourages energy conservation and homeowner investments in clean energy. It restricts the growth of clean energy industries—like solar and energy efficiencyjust when Kentucky needs the jobs from those promising industries the most. It will also limit our freedom to choose our energy source by penalizing the use of renewable energy.
This is an unjust, unfair, and unreasonable proposal that is contrary to Kentucky law. We call on the Public Service Commission to deny this rate change!

Upcoming Public Hearings

Notice: The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public meetings in Louisville, Lexington, and Madisonville to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E). The meetings are scheduled for:

Louisville
Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. EDT, Health Sciences Auditorium, Health Sciences Hall, Jefferson Community and Technical College 110 W. Chestnut

Madisonville
Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. CDT Byrnes Auditorium, Hatley Building, Health Sciences Campus, Madisonville Community College, 750 North Laffoon Street

Lexington
Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. EDT Northside Branch, Lexington Public Library, 1733 Russell Cave Rd.


 

Kentucky is one of the most complex states in the nation with regard to energy production, consumption, and energy policies. This state is highly dependent on coal for its electricity (87% in 2015, down from 95%), and Kentucky is the third-largest coal mining state in the nation. But this is reliance on a coal-based economy is quickly changing.

During recent years, a wave of bankruptcies in the coal mining industry and the shuttering of many coal-fired plants have opened the markets to more influence from natural gas, biofuels, solar, wind and efficiency.  KCC is working for a just transition to a sustainable energy mix that benefits communities at all economic levels.

  • In 2015, 87% of Kentucky’s net electricity generation was produced by coal and 7% by natural gas. The previous record share for natural gas was 3% of net generation.
  • Most of Kentucky’s natural gas currently comes from the Big Sandy field in the state’s east, but the Devonian Shale underlying two-thirds of Kentucky may contain more than 100 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
  • Increasing amounts of customer-sited solar photovoltaic capacity have been installed across Kentucky, and the state is home to the nation’s first net-zero energy public school.