Surcharge rising for utilities’ efficiency plan


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a new energy efficiency plan for Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric that will mean an increase in the monthly surcharge for the conservation program.

The PSC approved continuation or expansion by the utilities of 10 existing programs for residential or commercial customers, such as incentives for high-efficiency air conditioners, heat pumps and appliances. Four programs will be dropped, including mailing free compact fluorescent bulbs to residential customers. A new program will be started that involves using "smart" meters to track details of a customers’ usage.

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The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) said the plan approved Friday means that a KU or LG&E customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see a 29-cent increase in the monthly surcharge. That would bring the amount to $3.78 a month for KU customers and $4.68 a month for LG&E customers.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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