Utilities

Overview

The Kentucky Utility Industry is a frequently shifting landscape due to new and unprecedented federal regulation, dynamic market forces, declining usage, higher efficiencies, and ever increasing costs. The Utility Practice Group of Goldberg Simpson can help Investor Owned Utilities, Gas Distribution Companies, Water Associations, Water Districts, Sewer companies, Rural Electric Cooperatives, or interest groups pursuing intervention to navigate the complex waters of the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

Led by an attorney with extensive experience appearing before the KY Public Service Commission, Goldberg Simpson can achieve positive and creative results that parties may not be aware are possible. Our services include:

General rate case utilizing Historic Test Period ▪ General rate case utilizing Forecasted Test Period ▪ Alternative Rate Filing (ARF) ▪ Certificate of Convenience and Public Necessity (CPCN) ▪ Environmental or other surcharge application ▪ Appeal of a Final Commission Order ▪ Purchased water adjustment ▪ Purchased gas adjustment ▪ Application to construct and operate a tower ▪ Utility abandonment ▪ Transfer of utility ownership ▪ Pole attachments ▪ Franchise bid application ▪ Application for a special contract ▪ Negotiation of a special contract ▪ Consumer complaint drafting and filing ▪ Consumer complaint defense ▪ Transfer of control ▪ Employment issues

The Goldberg Simpson Utility group provides a full range of services in Anderson, Boone, Campbell, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Kenton, Laurel, Owen, Scott, Spencer, Trimble, Warren and many other counties in Kentucky.

 

Attorneys

Highlights

  • Only former Assistant Attorney general representing utility and intervenor interests before the Public Service Commission.
  • Current and recent representations include natural gas company, water company, state-wide associations, City of Louisville, and a national alternative energy company.

Industry Involvement

  • Full range of representation for public and private utilities
  • Full range of representation for non-utility government and private interests
  • Former professional education speaker at KY Public Service Commission sponsored seminars.
  • Speaker at Kentucky Rural Water Association annual conference and Kentucky League of Cities annual conference.
  • Longtime member of KY Bar Association, Section on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources. Currently, Vice Chair of the section.

Cases of Note

Louisville Gas and Electric (“LG&E”) Application for a Rate Increase, Case No. 2016-00371

Goldberg Simpson attorney Gregory Dutton represented the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government before the Kentucky Public Service Commission (“KPSC”) in LG&E’s most recent request for a rate increase. As a result of the settlement reached between Louisville Metro, LG&E and other intervening parties, Louisville Metro will see $650,000 in annual savings to the City budget, an increase in LG&E donations to local charitable organizations, and LG&E will fund a study to explore expansion of Louisville Metro’s electric bus program.

Kentucky Utilities (“KU”) Application for a Rate Increase, Case No. 2016-00370

Goldberg Simpson attorney Gregory Dutton represented the Kentucky League of Cities (“KLC”) before the Kentucky Public Service Commission in KU’s most recent request for a rate increase. As a result of the settlement reached between KLC, KU and other intervening parties, KLC’s membership will see $1,500,000 in annual savings to KLC member budgets, an advantageous rate for street and other City lighting, and KU will fund a study to explore offering specialized LED lighting fixtures and rates.

Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute Application for a Declaratory Order, Case No. 2016-00305

Goldberg Simpson attorney Gregory Dutton was successful in efforts on behalf of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (“KMHI”) to seek a declaratory order from the Kentucky Public Service Commission (“KPSC”) finding that manufactured home communities utilizing sub-metering for providing water service to tenants are outside the jurisdiction of the KPSC.

 

Videos

Water & Energy Utilities Of-Counsel, Gregory Dutton details utility rate cases and how stakeholders can benefit from attorney representation. Dutton additionally reviews the growing importance and complexities of environmental law.