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Public meeting discusses higher rates for Big Rivers customers

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Thousands of Big Rivers customers are facing higher monthly utility bills. 

The Kentucky Public Service Commission held a public meeting Monday night at Henderson Community College to discuss Big Rivers' request for a proposed $70 million rate increase.

The proposed rate increase comes after the company lost its contract with two Century Aluminum smelters, which is a loss of about $155 million for the company.  

Big Rivers says cost cutting alone won't make up the difference, so they have to raise rates.

Their proposed rate hike, which would be about $25 per month, wouldn't go in to affect until April 2015. That's because they have reserve funds and will use them as long as they can.

In all, Big Rivers serves about 113 customers in 22 counties across western Kentucky.  

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