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Posted: Thursday, 06 June 2013 7:51AM

4 public meetings set for rate increase proposal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Public Service Commission is conducting public hearings over a proposed rate hike for electric customers in western Kentucky who could see their bills increase by nearly 20 percent.

The PSC says in a statement that Big Rivers Electric Corp. is seeking to adjust rates to increase annual revenue by $74 million. The increase would offset the loss of its biggest customer, the Century Aluminum Co. smelter.

Big Rivers says the new rate would increase average monthly bills by about $24 per month.

The public hearings will be June 13. The first will be at 1:30 p.m. at South Middle School in Henderson. The rest will be at 5:30 p.m. at Owensboro Community & Technical College, West Kentucky Community & Technical College in Paducah and Meade County High School.

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