Jackson Purchase Electric

  Some in western Kentucky will be faced with the prospect of paying their utility bill again or having their utility cutoff when the Kentucky Public Service Commission lifts its moratorium on utility disconnections starting Oct. 20.

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A western Kentucky electric utility is telling customers their rates will increase by more than 20 percent after its power supplier lost its biggest customer, an aluminum smelter.

Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. is telling rate-payers their electric bills will increase by an average of about $22 a month. The higher rates begin Tuesday. The utility's power supplier, Big Rivers Electric Corp, recently lost the Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville as a customer. Big Rivers is requesting a $68.6 million rate increase to cover the losses.