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These Utilities Want to End Key Energy Efficiency Programs

The programs include home energy audits and rebates on appliances offered by Kentucky sister utilities LG&E and KU Energy.

The utility says that consumers have saved so much energy that the programs aren't needed anymore.

On the chopping block: 

  • $50 to $750 rebates for appliances or windows.
  • $25 home energy audits that can lead to rebates of up to $1,000 if certain benchmarks are met.
  • Children's energy efficiency education program offered to schools.
  • Public education and advertising about energy efficiency.

Customers are more energy efficiency than ever before and the utility does not need to offset additional capacity, two factors cited by David Huff, the utility's director of Energy Efficiency and Emerging Technologies. 

Left in place will be a voluntary program that allows the utility to temporarily shut off a customer's air conditioner during high demand periods, and energy efficiency programs for businesses or industrial plants.

Kentucky state regulators will review the proposal over the coming months.


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