State Grants Rate Increase to East Kentucky Power
The Kentucky Public Service Commission, on Friday, 1-14-11, granted a rate
increase to Winchester-based East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), owned by
16 distribution cooperatives, including South Kentucky RECC.
The PSC approved the rate increase for service rendered on and after Jan. 14,
2011. EKPC sought the rate increase to strengthen its financial condition and
continue building equity.
As a not-for-profit cooperative, South Kentucky RECC must pass along this
increased cost from our power supplier EKPC to retail members, said Ruby
Patterson, SKRECC Vice President of Member Services and Marketing. The
increase is going to add about $4.25 to the average monthly bills of our
The PSC conducted a public hearing on the case in December prior to announcing
Patterson added that the co-op urges its members to take advantage of the many
free programs it provides that can help people reduce their consumption of
We can help members to improve the energy efficiency of their homes or
businesses, said Patterson. South Kentucky RECC provides free
energy audits, along with Button-Up, Tune-Up, and other energy-saving programs.
We can help people pinpoint the areas where they can save.
Most homes have many places where outside air leaks into the living areas,
driving up monthly bills. In addition, older homes typically do not have proper
insulation in attics and crawl spaces.
The ductwork in the average home has 30 percent air leakage, she
said. Leaks around your doors and windows often can be repaired at little
cost, and that can dramatically improve energy efficiency.
Patterson said that in some cases, using caulk can seal these leaks, and
currently, South Kentucky RECC has free caulk for members available at its
South Kentucky RECC also offers Simple Savings energy information bulletins and
videos that provide step-by-step instructions to prevent wasting energy. The
information is available at
www.simplesavings.coop. Other valuable tips can be found at
www.togetherwesave.com. In addition, South Kentucky RECC
provides rebates to offices, stores, schools and other places of business that
want to upgrade lighting, which will improve energy efficiency and cut costs.
We will pay qualified businesses rebates to replace incandescent lights
or large fluorescent lights that are set in fixtures with magnetic
ballasts, said Patterson. Businesses and schools can get cash
rebates for the improvements and save money on their monthly electric
For more information on these programs, please contact your local South
Kentucky RECC office and ask to speak to an energy advisor, or call