October 23, 2021

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Settlement reached in LG&E price case:

No every month mounted cost boosts for residential ratepayers, business gets 63% of ask for, and lighting settlement eventually enables Louisville Metro to transform all Metro street lights to LED

Jefferson County Attorney represents Louisville Metro in settlement that nonetheless requires review and acceptance by Kentucky Public Services Commission

Louisville Metro Govt has agreed in principle to a settlement that would noticeably cut down a proposed utility rate maximize by Louisville Gasoline & Electrical (LG&E).  LG&E initially requested a income increase of $161.1 million for gasoline and electrical. The stipulation entered into by all the parties to the situation decreased that earnings requirement by approximately $60 million to $101.5 million, a decrease of 37%.  Most importantly, LG&E agreed to no raise in the set purchaser demand, the volume shoppers shell out no matter of how a great deal vitality they use.  LG&E also agreed to a 4-yr “stay out” provision, which implies that yet another rate maximize can’t be executed ahead of July 1, 2025. 

The stipulation keeps the residential fee increase for both equally electrical and gasoline clients nearly equivalent to the method ordinary.  For LG&E electrical consumers, this is an average maximize of 7% and for gasoline buyers, an maximize of 6.4%.  LG&E is proposing an Financial Reduction Surcredit Adjustment Clause, which will reduced the charge effects all through the very first year of the enhance. Simply because of this credit rating, the raise will only be 4.1% for electrical and 5.9% for fuel for the initially calendar year.

LG&E proposed a much more than $6.00 per month boost to the primary support cost but has agreed to clear away that as aspect of this agreement.

“Preventing an increase in the fixed customer cost was a obvious information we heard from our citizens and town officers,” O’Connell claimed. “This agreement delivers a win for anyone in Jefferson County as no household shoppers will see an raise in their least regular charge. The four 12 months “stay out” provision also enables our companies to spending budget their energy charges, nevertheless between the cheapest in the country, over several fiscal several years. I hope that the PSC sights this stipulation as fair, just, and affordable and ultimately approves it.”

The settlement agreement’s effect on Metro’s streetlight system is profound.  Soon after yrs of seeking to change all the city’s outdated Significant Intensity Discharge (HID) fixtures to much less expensive, extra efficient, and environmentally audio Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights, this settlement allows Metro to satisfy its intention.  In the previous, the cost for LG&E to transform these fixtures was $7.37 for each fixture per month for 60 months.  During this continuing, LG&E introduced a a person-time conversion fee of $277.29.  At Louisville Metro’s request for the duration of the settlement negotiations, LG&E has agreed to lower this just one-time charge to $260.

This decrease conversion cost, combined with the stipulation’s reducing of the lights amount improve from 12% to 3.65%, will enable Louisville Metro to transform each individual streetlight that Metro at present pays for to LED lights within five yrs, contingent upon the means to work with LG&E to retain the services of the contractors and workers required for these types of a significant undertaking.  This main endeavor of changing approximately 22,000 streetlights from HID to LED can now be accomplished for less per yr than Metro at present pays for streetlights.  At the finish of this conversion procedure, Metro will be saving nearly $1.6 million for each year on streetlights even though the group rewards from environmentally pleasant and effective lights. LG&E has agreed to work with Louisville Metro’s Section of Community Operates on a program to put into action this in a timely fashion.

“This settlement agreement is a significant earn, each economically and environmentally for Louisville,” mentioned Mayor Greg Fischer. “My administration has been trying for several years to create a strategy to get all of our lighting up to contemporary expectations with LED lights.  Doing work with LG&E, this settlement permits us to access this goal. With the other advantages of this settlement, Louisville Metro’s endeavours in this case advantage all towns inside of Jefferson County and the rest of the LG&E services area.”

Other noteworthy items of the settlement contain:

Minimal-money client aid: LG&E’s shareholders contributions for low-income aid (i.e., contributions to Affiliation of Local community Ministries, Inc. (“ACM”), Property Vitality Guidance (“HEA”), and Wintercare) will be elevated by the identical percentages as the all round raises in profits necessities resulting from these proceedings.  This will mean an around 7% boost in shareholder commitments to these applications.

Advanced Meter Infrastructure (Smart Meters): LG&E will be permitted to start out conversion of their old meter infrastructure to smart meters.  LG&E agrees to amortize the price and gains over a 15-year period and use the amortization of the regulatory belongings and liabilities connected with the AMI challenge to address the up-front charge of and extended-term gain from the AMI project this sort of that consumers will not maintain an maximize in the combined profits necessities associated with employing the AMI job.  The price tag and advantages credited to the customers will be determined in a potential charge circumstance when the five-calendar year challenge is done.  There is no level effects to the AMI job in this level proceeding.

Extra lighting gains:  LG&E agrees to incorporate a new LED featuring to Rate LS to substitute their recent 100W HPS Cobra supplying commits to perform a aggressive bidding system for avenue lights fixtures every single five several years and prior to the following rate circumstance and commits to have their information technological know-how personnel do the job with their Louisville Metro counterparts to check out possibilities to make it possible for street light-weight outage notifications from Louisville Metro to stream a lot more instantly by way of to the Utilities.

Parties to the settlement involve LG&E, Louisville Metro and Lexington, the business office of Legal professional General Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Industrial Utility Shoppers, Walmart, Kroger, Sierra Club, Metropolitan Housing Coalition, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Photo voltaic Strength Culture, United States Office of Protection and all other Federal Government Organizations, and Kentucky Photo voltaic Industries Affiliation, Inc.

A person remaining difficulty is the LG&E’s proposed new Web Metering tariffs.  The new tariffs have been proposed in reaction to a adjust in point out regulation that grew to become powerful January 1, 2020. This situation will be completely litigated right before the PSC.  The stipulation will be read by the PSC in the already program amount hearing commencing Monday, April 26 at 9:00 AM. The proceedings can be followed at the PSC webpage, https://psc.ky.gov/.

Mayor Fischer and County Attorney Mike O’Connell are good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars. As in 2019, Louisville Metro joined forces with Lexington to share the prices of the intervention in this circumstance and are splitting the solutions of former PSC Chair Jim Gardner and former PSC Employees Attorney Todd Osterloh of Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC.

A complete variation of the stipulation can be discovered at the PSC’s web site at the next connection: https://psc.ky.gov/pscecf/2020-00350/rick.lovekamp%40lge-ku.com/0419202…