Low attendance at public hearing on electric rate increase

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Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - Scant participation Tuesday night in a public hearing regarding a plan to raise electric rates.

At issue is a plan to hike electric rates around 20-percent for Big Rivers Electric customers as the company tries to make up for losing its biggest customer.

Around 20 people showed up earlier in the evening for a video teleconference put on by the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

About half of those were citizens.  The rest, representing the utilities.

People were not allowed to ask questions, but they could comment.

No one did.

Even so, Local 6 found a man who says he's not alone in his concern about paying more.

"It's going to be a hardship for a lot of people.  Especially for retired people who've been retired for a lot of years on a fixed income," Randi Colson said.

The proposed electric rate increase will be highest for residential customers.

The next step in the process will be a multi-day evidence hearing in Frankfort starting July 1.

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