Fight back against Kentucky Power's attempt to raise rates and sabotage clean energy – during a pandemic | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Fight back against Kentucky Power's attempt to raise rates and sabotage clean energy – during a pandemic

 

 

Kentuckians know we deserve clean, affordable energy that works for all of us. We need electricity rates and programs that help us thrive – not hold us back or make it harder to get by. But despite the economic crisis we’re in, a monopoly utility serving large sections of eastern Kentucky – Kentucky Power – is trying once again to raise our rates and make it harder for us to benefit from energy efficiency and rooftop solar.

Right now, it’s more important than ever to keep showing up for our families and our neighbors. If you get your energy from Kentucky Power–or if you don't but still feel a stake in this case–please take a few minutes to send a public comment to the Kentucky Public Service Commission, which has the power to allow or deny Kentucky Power’s attempted rate increase.

Here are just a few ways Kentucky Power's proposal puts profit over the wellbeing of our families and communities. To get more detail on each of these points, click here.

  • Kentucky Power’s proposal punishes prospective rooftop solar customers by devaluing solar energy in a way that would put rooftop solar out of reach for most households. How the PSC decides on this question of solar net metering rates will also set an important precedent for the rest of the state.
  • Kentucky Power’s proposal increases both the monthly charge and per-energy charge on your bill by 25%, making it harder for eastern Kentuckians to make end’s meet. However, Kentucky Power’s offer of bill forgiveness on accounts that were more than 30 days late on May 28th is a welcome step!
  • Kentucky Power claims to be helping out low-income customers with a “declining block rate” during winter months. But this block rate disincentivizes energy efficiency and would make homes that use little or moderate amounts of energy will pay more. The best way to help out low-income customers would be to not increase our rates at all. 

  • Kentucky Power’s proposal requests a $36 million investment in “smart meters,”; this will allow Kentucky Power to keep raising rates in coming years in order to pay for that investment and to profit shareholders.

Comments from everyday Kentuckians like you help the Public Service Commission get the picture of why proposals like this are incredibly harmful. Public outcry has helped halt some of the worst utility rate proposals in the past. We can’t let up now.


Take Action Now

 Here are some things you can do right now, to take action:

  • Submit a written comment to the Public Service Commission by November 18, 2020,by clicking one of these two buttons, or by scrolling down. Customizing your comment is highly recommended.
 
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  • Write your own letter, using suggested talking points. Mail it to "Public Service Commission, 211 Sower Boulevard, Post Office Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40602-0615." Be sure to include “case number 2020-00174” at the top of the letter. If you have an easy way to copy the letter, please send a second copy to "Office of Rate Intervention, 700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 20 Frankfort, KY 40601." 
  • Write a letter to the editor about why what Kentucky Power is doing is wrong. Feel free to pull from our talking points, but also to reach out directly to nikita@kftc.org for help getting started!
  • Attend a webinar hosted by KFTC to learn more from members engaged in this fight on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. EST. Register here to receive the Zoom link! 
 
We expect the KY PSC will hold a public hearing about this rate case, but we don't yet know the dates or
details. Check back here for more info!
 

 

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