PSC approves Ky. Power efficiency programs

The state Public Service Commission on Monday approved the renewal of a dozen energy conservation and efficiency programs offered by Kentucky Power.

The PSC also approved a reduction in participation targets for two of the programs. The first offers credits to residential and commercial customers if they allow the utility to remotely turn off their air conditioners or water heaters during peak usage times. The other gives financial incentives to commercial customers that install high-efficiency heat pumps or air conditioners.

While approving the reduced targets, the PSC noted that Kentucky Power should "educate its customers about the need for greater energy efficiency due to the rising cost of electric energy and the strain that the demand of electric usage at peak times," according to a statement.

The PSC also approved revised surcharges for the management of the energy efficiency programs. A residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours monthly will see the surcharge increase by about 7.5 cents each month.

Kentucky Power has about 175,000 customers in 20 counties in Eastern Kentucky. To learn more about the programs, go to