East KY. Power Wants Rate Hike For Environmental Upgrades

LEXINGTON, KY -- East Kentucky Power Cooperative is looking for an increase of nearly $475 million in customers' bills to help pay for environmental equipment.

The power cooperative filed the rate increase request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission on Friday. If approved later this year, the request would increase residential customers' bills by 6 percent to 7 percent, or $4.50 to $5 on average, by 2010, the co-op said.

East Kentucky Power's network of member co-ops serve around half a million Kentucky homes and businesses.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com


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  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Apr 1, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    SAXY MOMMA MAY NOT WORK FOR THE POWER COMPANY, BUT MAYBE THEY WORK FOR HER-SOUNDS LIKE SHE OWNS STOCK IN THEM AND GETS A DIVIDEND EACH MONTH. OR, MAYBE SHE HAS MORE MONEY THEN SHE KNOWS WHAT TO DO WITH. IF SHE DOES, THEN SHE CAN SEND IT MY WAY. WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT RATE HIKES AND NEW TAXES, I BARELY SURVIVE FROM ONE PAY DAY TO THE NEXT.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Apr 1, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    Makes sense to me that we have to bail out another entity. LFUCG doesn't keep the reins on development for years, and WE have to pay for the sewer system upgrades. Just makes sense that we should have to pay for the electric company too. Wouldn't want them to waste their profits on it....
  • by Andy on Apr 1, 2008 at 05:20 AM
    We can't afford gas for the the car,now its the same with elec. power.I guess we have to used to walking,and burnning oil lamps agian.I don't know what we will do next winter,we can't buy coal or Nat. gas here as it is.Its must be agianist the law.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    my power bill is already bout 275 amounth.i guess its time to go back to the old candels. if it goes up more i be paying bout 300 bucks amounth..
  • by Corey Bub Location: Lexington on Mar 31, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    dem environimentalistses wills be ends of this contries by gosh
  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Mar 31, 2008 at 01:36 PM
    WITH ALL THE RATE HIKES AND OTHER TAX HIKES THAT HAVE BEEN FORCED UPON THE PEOPLE THERE SOON WILL BE NO MONEY FOR FOOD CLOTHING ETC. I AM NOT GETTING HIKES FROM MY EMPLOYER TO COVER THESE COST, ARE YOU???????????????
  • by fed up Location: right here on Mar 30, 2008 at 03:54 PM
    I cannot believe this. We are already paying to much for everything now, and now they want more money.When is it gonna STOP!!!(edited)This is getting absurd!
  • by Saxy Momma Location: Eastern, KY on Mar 30, 2008 at 04:17 AM
    I don't think an increase of $4 to $5 on average for a month is asking too much. The people of KY (who have cooperative electric companies) pay less per kilowatt hour than the rest of the nation. Our electric bills are some of the cheapest in the nation. Everyone is hurting on gas prices, even the utility companies. Think of their fuel bill to keep all those trucks on the road so that you can have power. When we have to suffer through rolling blackouts (and it's coming) in the next several years because we can't build another coal fired plant (THANKS TO THE SIERRA CLUB & A FEDERAL JUDGE IN CALIFORNIA) everyone will have forgotten about this increase and will be whining because their power has to be turned off for a few hours. Between the environmentalists and the rising cost in fuel, everyone better hold on tight because IT WILL GET WORSE before it gets better:( No, I don't work for the power company. I just have enough sense to analyze the situation going on at this time.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Mar 29, 2008 at 09:19 PM
    Why dont we dock the bonuses and severance packages of the companys leaders instead? After all if they have been poluting for this long they should have to pay back taxes on it like everyone else.
  • by steve on Mar 29, 2008 at 07:43 PM
    I will tell you what we need to do is get rid of these stupid ignorant enviromentalists i am tired of 5 people telling a million what to do.
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