Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

State News

March 26, 2014

House passes bill aimed at saving Big Sandy Plant

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FRANKFORT — That’s Adkins’ argument: the Kentucky PSC should reconsider its own ruling in light of the other commissions’ rulings.

Hall argued Tuesday that KPC made $40 million in profits last year and rates are already too high.

“Why is it I pay $250 a month to heat my home in Frankfort, while my mama pays $600 to heat her home of the same size?” Hall asked.

But Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, who works for Owen Electric Cooperative, said installing scrubbers would minimally raise rates by 30 percent. Linder said the problem lies not with KPC but with the anti-coal regulations from Washington.

Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, also argued Kentucky is being unfairly treated by Washington and the administration of Barack Obama because of its reliance on coal and the consequent low energy costs.  (The consent order was signed by KPC in 2007, the year before Obama was elected to his first term.)

Rep. Kevin Sinnette, D-Ashland, said Adkins’ bill “puts pressure on Kentucky Power to tell the truth” about the transaction and its customer rates.

Other than Linder, no one spoke against the bill and it passed 62-34. It will now go to the Senate for action.

Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.

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