The state Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved an expansion of energy-efficiency programs for Kentucky Utilities.
The move allows KU, which serves 540,000 homes and businesses in 77 counties, to create three new offerings and tweak five existing ones. The programs also were approved for KU's affiliated utility Louisville Gas & Electric.
"With today's order, we'll be offering our residential and commercial customers even more programs and resources to help better manage their energy use and to encourage them to convert to more energy-efficient options," said KU spokeswoman Liz Pratt.
The new programs are:
Smart energy profile: The utility would issue a report to customers that compares their energy usage to others like them and would offer information on energy-efficiency programs.
Residential incentives: Rebates of $50 to $300 would be offered for Energy Star appliances, HVAC equipment and window film.
Residential refrigerator removal program: The utility would pay customers $30 to remove and recycle their working secondary refrigerators and freezers.
The existing programs that will be expanded are:
Demand conservation program: Customer incentives would be improved in this program that gives KU the ability to control your air conditioner during the summer to boost participation past its current rate of 20 percent.
Commercial energy rebates: The list of qualified energy-efficiency improvements would be expanded.
Residential audit: The program would add incentives of $500 to $1,000 for installing recommended energy-efficiency measures while maintaining the existing charge of $25 for an audit.
WeCare: This low-income assistance program would add participants over last year's total.
Program development and administration: The utility would add staffers to assist in managing the programs.
KU anticipates the new programs will become operational as early as the beginning of 2012, Pratt said.
The costs to administer the programs will increase for KU customers. That fee on the average customer's monthly bill will rise 53 cents, to $2.41.
To learn more about KU's energy-efficiency programs, go to LGE-KU.com/ee.