Regional
10:30 am
Tue August 19, 2003

Upgrading Power Grid Could Prompt Higher Electric Bills

Louisville, KY---AP – Kentucky's Electricity Regulators are concerned that
proposals to spend fifty billion dollars to upgrade the
nation's power grid could prove costly to Kentucky
consumers. Andrew Melnykovych of the Kentucky
Public Service Commission says the P-S-C is not
enthusiastic about the idea of higher rates to pay
for upgrades to the grid. He says the upgrades
probably would not have great benefit for the state
of Kentucky, because Commission studies show
the state has a sturdy electrical system.

On Sunday, U-S Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham
said consumers would be responsible for an expensive
upgrade to the power transmission system.