- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - The general manager of Paducah Power System has resigned amid complaints from customers over high electric rates.

David R. Clark, who has led the utility for 14 years, said on Tuesday that his resignation is effective immediately.

“It is with regret today that I have accepted Dave Clark’s resignation,” board Chairman Hardy Roberts said as the board reconvened following a two-hour executive session. “It was his decision. I want to make that plain.”

Clark’s departure follows the resignation of longtime board Chairman Ray McLennan last week.

The officials are stepping down at a time when rates have skyrocketed due to cost overruns at a new coal-fired power plant that supplies the city with electric.

Paducah Power System has a contract for electricity from the Prairie State Energy Campus, a southwestern Illinois power plant that was funded by municipalities like Paducah and other small Midwestern communities. The 1,600-megawatt plant ended up costing about $4 billion to develop - twice the original estimate.

Rick Windhorst, Paducah Power’s director of engineering, has been named acting general manager.

“The board understands for Paducah Power to move forward and make some critical decisions, there needed to be new leadership in the general manager,” Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler said.

Last week, Kaler and Paducah city commissioners approved a resolution demanding the board investigate the original contract with Prairie State and its current financial obligations.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, https://www.paducahsun.com


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