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Big Rivers Electric Set to Start 2022 With a Big Move

Bill Stephens

January 3rd, 2022

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Editor’s Note: Big Rivers Electric announced it would relocate to Owensboro if the City of Henderson chose not to accept its offer to buy Henderson Municipal Power and Light. After months of consideration, Henderson city leaders agreed not to sell HMP&L in 2021.

Official Groundbreaking in Owensboro Scheduled for January 2022

OWENSBORO, Ky. – Big Rivers Electric Corporation will soon hold the official groundbreaking for a new Headquarters facility in downtown Owensboro. In an order signed on December 7, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (KPSC) approved Big Rivers’ plans to begin construction on a new 47,000 square foot facility located at 710 W 2nd Street.

The new facility will replace the cooperative’s current Headquarters complex at 201 Third Street in Henderson, constructed in three phases from 1966 to 1981. The new Owensboro construction will consist of a four-story building and 129 parking spots, with the building’s design incorporating more modern meeting and collaboration spaces that match future utility needs. The move to Owensboro will position Big Rivers in a central location to reach all of its 22-county service territory, its three Member-Owner cooperatives, and key larger industrial customers. The facility will be approximately 25% smaller than Big Rivers’ current Headquarters, as some employees will move into a new Transmission Operations Center also planned for Owensboro, subject to KPSC approval.

The City of Owensboro will provide incentives to offset the projected $10.8 million building cost, including a full rebate of the downtown property purchase price. Construction of the new Headquarters facility is scheduled for completion in late 2022.

Big Rivers will host an official groundbreaking ceremony at the Owensboro property on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Big Rivers Electric Corporation is an electric generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Henderson, Kentucky, and owned by three distribution cooperative members—Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation, headquartered in Paducah; Kenergy Corp, headquartered in Henderson; and Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, headquartered in Brandenburg. These member cooperatives deliver retail electric power and energy to more than 121,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in portions of 22 western Kentucky counties.  To learn more, please visit www.bigrivers.com.

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