Industries Partner to Fight Power Rate Increase

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HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) -- Three industries in western Kentucky have started a drive to lobby against a proposal by Big Rivers Electric Corp. to raise rates in August and again in January.

The Gleaner reports Kimberly-Clark Corp.'s tissue paper mill near Owensboro, the Domtar paper mill in Hawesville and the Aleris aluminum mill at Lewisport have formed a coalition called Fair Rates Kentucky. The newspaper reports the coalition is asking other customers to sign a petition against the increases as well as contact the governor's office and the Public Service Commission.

Big Rivers has requested the increases to make up for the loss of two aluminum smelters, which are the company's largest customers. Century Aluminum is set to leave the power system on Aug. 20 and Rio Tinto Alcan will leave in January.

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