UTILITIES: End of a Feud

In the hills of eastern Kentucky, the fight between the Kentucky Utilities Co. and public power groups has been almost as bitter as the famed Hatfield-McCoy feud. For 13 years the rural electric cooperatives and the private power company have blocked each other's expansion in the courts and before the state Public Utilities Commission. As a result, customers suffered with poor service at high cost. Last week the feud finally ended. Kentucky Utilities had a precedent-setting, ten-year agreement with 15 local cooperatives to exchange generating and transmission facilities. And the generators...

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