Kentucky Public Service Commission Approves Energy Efficiency Program Expansion

December 16, 2011

The Kentucky Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities operating within the state, has approved the implementation of three new energy conservation and energy efficiency programs as well as four expansions to existing programs offered by Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU).

The programs are designed to help both residential and commercial customers manage their energy use in more efficient ways. The three new programs and the expansion of the four older programs will move into operation in the first quarter of 2012.

Of the three new programs, one will pay customers $30 for each old refrigerator or freezer LG&E or KU removes from their home, the second will provide incentives to customers that replace older appliances with new, energy efficient appliances, and the third will provide customers using more electricity than most others with individualized reports about how they can reduce that consumption.

Components of the expanded program measures will include greater financial incentives to residential and commercial customers that reduce energy use, register for energy audits, or allow LG&E or KU to remotely shut off air conditioner units for brief periods in the summer months.

So far, existing programs have saved LG&E customers 400 million cubic feet of natural gas and 182 megawatts of electricity. Offering additional and increased financial incentives is intended to increase participation in energy efficient programs in lower-income customers.  

To learn more about the existing programs as well as the new programs being offered, please read the LG&E and KU press release.