Licking Valley electric coop faces PSC hearing

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - The Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled a hearing later this year for Licking Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Corp., an eastern Kentucky utility that is accused of failing to report a major power outage last winter.

Kentucky law requires electric utilities to report any outage that lasts longer than four hours and affects more than 500 customers.

The PSC has scheduled a hearing for Aug. 24 for Licking Valley to explain why it shouldn't be penalized for not reporting the outages on Dec. 18-19, 2009.

PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych said at least 9,000 Licking Valley customers lost power during a snowstorm.

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