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BIG RIVERS-POWER PLANTS
Big Rivers to idle first power plant in western Kentucky on Feb. 1, second to cease by June 1
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, January 23, 2014 7:08 AM EST
Big Rivers Electric Corp. says it will idle a western Kentucky power plant on February 1, and a second power plant will cease operating by June 1.
The loss of the aluminum smelters in Hawesville and Sebree has also led to higher electric rates for the other 112,000 customers in 22 counties in western Kentucky.
Big River spokesman Marty Littrel told the Messenger-Inquirer that about 188 positions will be eliminated when the plants go off-line.
Officials in Hancock and Ohio counties say that the idling of the power plants will take a big bite out of the local economy.
Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com