Kentucky Power energy efficiency programs expanded

The state Public Service Commission this week approved an expansion of Kentucky Power's energy efficiency programs.

Among the goals is to replace inefficient resistance heating units with high-efficiency heat pumps. The utility's approved program offers incentives of up to $400 for mobile home owners who switch. A similar program with a $400 incentive is available for those with site-built homes. Kentucky Power hopes to expand its various programs, including those, to serve 710 residential customers annually, about 200 more than do so now, according to the PSC.

The utility also will lower the surcharges assessed on residential electric bills from 0.16 cents per kilowatt-hour to 0.08 cents per kilowatt-hour to better reflect program costs, the PSC said.

Kentucky Power has about 176,000 customers in 20 counties in Eastern Kentucky. To learn more about the programs, visit