Senators Looking To Shop Around For Power At Cheaper Rates

The terms border battle and power struggle could take on entirely new meanings if the senate's highest ranking republican can get congress to agree with a plan critics say could mean higher electric bills.

At issue: the Tennessee Valley Authority's contracts with some power companies here in Kentucky.

The Commonwealth's two senators, Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning, want to give those companies freedom, to shop around for power at cheaper rates. TVA still would have to keep enough power in its system to supply those customers’ needs if the new suppliers can't meet them.

Friday morning, the head of a group representing more than a thousand local governments told TVA's board it needs to do all it can to fight it.

"You start cherry-picking, taking off large customers, the obvious answer is it’s gonna increase the rates for the rest of the people in the valley," said Douglas Weiland.

"We're gonna follow the bill. We're obviously got some pretty strong aspects of it, and we'll talk," said TVA Interim CEO Tom Kilgore.

The TVA provides energy to people in seven states including Kentucky.

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