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Kimberly-Clark, Domtar join in challenging energy rate increases at western Kentucky mills

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Kimberly-Clark, Domtar join in challenging energy rate increases at western Kentucky mills

September 16, 2013 - 10:33
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HENDERSON, KY, Sept. 16, 2013 (Local News) -Three large, Western Kentucky industries that use electricity generated by Henderson's Big Rivers Electric Corp.'s are appealing a recent ruling by state regulators that caused their electric rates to jump.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission last month approved agreements that allowed Big Rivers' biggest customer, Century Aluminum's 700-employee smelter at Hawesville, to leave the Big Rivers' system and buy cheaper power on the open market.

That has left Big Rivers' remaining 112,000 customers in Western Kentucky paying higher electric rates to cover fixed costs - such as debt payments on Big Rivers' power plants and the cost of operating its transmission system - that Century formerly helped pay.

Courier Press - Western Kentucky industries challenging Big Rivers rate increase

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