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Kentucky Power Hoping To Recoup From Ice Storm

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh.A third utility in Kentucky is serving notice of its intent to try to recoup clean-up costs associated with last January’s debilitating ice storm.Western Kentucky was hardest hit by January’s ice storm, but 33,000 Kentucky Power customers in the east also lost service.In February, a windstorm knocked out power to 39,000 Kentucky Power customers and the lights went out on another 21,000 customers in May.Now, Kentucky Power wants to try to recoup more than $10 million in damage costs associated with all three weather events.The utility has received permission from the Public Service Commission to establish a separate account for that purpose. Later, the utility will ask the PSC for a rate adjustment to cover the costs.Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities also have separate accounts for restoration costs associated with the ice storm and Hurricane Ike.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.