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Mtn. Talk: KY Power’s Proposed Rate Increases Mobilize SE Kentuckians

Mtn. Talk: KY Power’s Proposed Rate Increases Mobilize SE Kentuckians

This week on Mtn. Talk we bring you voices of concerned residents of southeastern Kentucky speaking out against Kentucky Power’s proposed double-digit rate increase.

In June of this year Kentucky Power filed a request to the Public Service Commission for a 16.8% increase, which would mean an increase of about 80 cents a day, or 24 dollars a month for the average customer.
KY Power’s stated reason for the increase is to make up for the the loss of nearly 2,000 residential customers and 450 industrial customers in Southeastern Kentucky, since 2014.

The Public Service Commission held three meetings in order to gather public comments which will be used in their decision making process. WMMT attended the November 6th meeting in Hazard, Kentucky. About 40 people signed up to speak to the PSC, and out of those only one spoke up in support of Kentucky Power’s rate increase.

Today’s edition of Mountain Talk brings you some of the concerns of the southeastern Kentuckians present at the November 6th meeting.

If you would like to submit comments to the Public Service Commission about the proposed rate hikes you can submit them up until December 6th when the PSC will hold a formal hearing in the case. You can submit comments by mail: P.O. Box 615 Frankfort, KY 40602, or through the website at

Elizabeth Jones – of Letcher County, KY – shares her concerns with the Public Service Commissioners.


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