OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- 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 actions come in the wake of Big Rivers' two largest customers leaving after the entities couldn't come to terms on electric rates.
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 (http://bit.ly/1dPrJg0 ) 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.