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Three businesses joining forces for Fair Rate Kentucky

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While there is relief that Century Aluminum will stay open, not everyone is cheering.

Three Western Kentucky businesses are joining forces to prevent the effects of that deal from impacting the "little guy". 

Domtar, Aleris, and Kimberly Clark came together to form Fair Rate Kentucky in response to Big Rivers and Kenergy's rate proposal before the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

Fair Rate Kentucky says the rates proposed are unfair and will impact businesses and residential energy customers in western Kentucky.  

"Wood is our largest input cost that we have in the manufacturing process. Energy is our second highest cost. We're calculating that these rate increases will raise our purchase electrical energy costs by 31%," says Steve Henry, the General Manager at Domtar Hawesville Facility.

The coalition is asking those who oppose electrical rate increases to take action and contact Governor Steve Beshear. 

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