Job Opening – Member Service Representative III

Kenergy is now accepting applications for Member Service Representative III at our Owensboro office location. Applications are being accepted now through April 2nd. View the job description and apply here!

Alamon Pole Inspections to Begin in Spring

Alamon, a pole inspection contractor for Kenergy, will begin inspecting poles in the spring. Each wooden pole Kenergy owns, or is attached to, will be inspected to ensure there are no hazards. Inspectors check for decay, insects, cracks, holes, age, and any damage members may have caused.

You may see trucks in your area bearing a ‘Kenergy Contractor’ magnet. Inspectors will also have an Alamon picture ID with them. Inspectors will be working during daylight hours only. Don’t be alarmed if you see the contractors parked for a few hours and/or riding from pole-to-pole on an all-terrain vehicle.

Inspection areas include: Madisonville, Weaverton, Niagara, Riverport, Adams Lane, St. Joe, Bon Harbor, Stanley, and South Owensboro.

If you suspect something irregular or suspicious, please give us a call at 800.844.4832.

Connect, Powered by Kenergy Delivers All-Fiber Broadband Service to Inaugural Customer

Cindy Parks

913-526-6912     

cindy.parks@conexon.us

Connect, powered by Kenergy, delivers all-fiber broadband service to inaugural customer

McLean County resident takes advantage of Connect, powered by Kenergy, all-fiber service, gaining access to up to 2 Gbps internet

CALHOUN, Ky, February 16, 2023Kenergy and Conexon Connect, the internet service provider arm of rural fiber-optic network design and construction management leader, Conexon, are pleased to announce the connection of their first customer to gigabit-speed internet.

McLean County’s connection to the Connect, powered by Kenergy’s, fiber broadband network means rural Kentucky residents now have access to Connect’s 2 Gbps service internet that is among the fastest and most robust in the nation. Mark and Carol Heppler were thrilled to find out they were the first customers connected in this monumental project.

“We have been so happy with the service and the speed we can access things now,” Carol Heppler said. “We know our neighbors are excited to get connected too.”

Conexon Connect and Kenergy announced its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project in August 2022 to launch and deploy a 7,200-mile fiber network providing high-speed internet access to 57,000 homes and businesses in Breckinridge, Caldwell, Crittenden, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Union and Webster counties.

“We are thrilled to have our first customer connected, as this is a major milestone on our way to closing the digital divide for Kenergy members,” Jeff Hohn, President and CEO of Kenergy, said. “Our members need access to reliable high-speed internet and we are proud to partner with Conexon Connect to be able to provide world-class internet to our members.”

The FTTH project is expected to be completed within three years and together, Kenergy and Conexon Connect are investing approximately $150 million to build the network.

To check availability and sign up for service, visit Conexon Connect.

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About Kenergy

Kenergy is an electric distribution cooperative located in Henderson, Kentucky. The cooperative was established in July 1999 through the consolidation of Henderson-Union Electric Cooperative (organized in 1936) and Green River Electric (organized in 1937). As a co-op, Kenergy is member-owned and operates on a not-for-profit basis. Kenergy exists to provide safe and reliable electricity at an affordable price. The co-op currently serves members throughout Breckinridge, Caldwell, Crittenden, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Union, and Webster counties.

About Connect

Connect is the internet services provider (ISP) arm of rural fiber broadband design and construction management leader Conexon. The subsidiary was formed to operate and manage cooperative and investor-owned fiber-to-the-home networks. Connect leverages Conexon’s decades of co-op operations, fiber-optic design and construction, telecommunications, federal and state lobbying and customer experience management expertise to successfully launch and operate projects. The Connect approach is to work exclusively with electric cooperatives to launch and deploy high-speed fiber-optic networks, enabling them to offer world-class fiber broadband to 100% of their members.

About Conexon

Conexon works with Rural Electric Cooperatives to bring fiber to the home in rural communities. The company is comprised of professionals who have worked in electric cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, and offer decades of individual experience in business planning, building networks, marketing and selling telecommunications. Conexon offers its electric cooperative clients end-to-end broadband deployment and operations support, from a project’s conception all the way through to its long-term sustainability. It works with clients to analyze economic feasibility, secure financing, design the network, manage construction, provide operational support, optimize business performance and determine optimal partnerships. To date, Conexon has assisted more than 275 electric cooperatives, 75 of which are deploying fiber networks, with more than 500,000 rural Americans connected to fiber to the home. The company has secured nearly $2 billion in federal, state and local grants and subsidies for its clients.

Kenergy Board of Directors Announce New President and CEO

The Kenergy Board of Directors is pleased to announce Timothy Lindahl as its next President and CEO.

Lindahl succeeds Jeff Hohn who has been President and CEO at the cooperative since 2015. Hohn will be retiring in March. Lindahl will begin his new role on March 13th.

“Tim has more than 28 years of experience in executive management in the agricultural, information technology and energy industries, and for more than 15 years has worked at rural electric cooperatives,” Billy Reid, Kenergy Board Chairman said. “He also served on the board of directors at a rural electric cooperative for a year. He believes wholeheartedly in this business model and understands the important relationship between a cooperative and its member-owners. The Kenergy board is confident in Tim’s experience and leadership abilities.”

In addition to his time spent with rural electric cooperatives, Lindahl was a co-founder and led a technology group dedicated to bringing technology and telecommunications to rural areas from 1995-2005. 

Lindahl holds a B.A. in Business Administration Management from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. He completed the National Rural Electric Association’s Management Internship Program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin in 2007.

“I am grateful for the Kenergy board’s leadership in this process and their confidence in me to lead Kenergy forward,” Lindahl said. “I am excited to serve the Kenergy membership, the board, and the co-op team while leading us in providing the most critical services that are core to our modern existence.”

Lindahl and his wife, Sarah have been married for 28 years. They have four children and are looking forward to joining the communities Kenergy serves.

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For more information about Kenergy, please visit www.kenergycorp.com or call 800.844.4832.

All Kenergy Offices Closed January 2, 2023 for New Year’s Holiday

All Kenergy offices will be closed Monday, January 2, 2023 for the New Year's holiday. We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday celebrating with family and friends. Happy New Year!

As always, you can drop payments at our nightly drop box, make payments on our SmartHub app or by accessing your account 24/7.

Kenergy Offices Will Close Early on December 22nd Due to Weather

All Kenergy offices will close at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 22nd due to the winter storm anticipated to hit our service territory. We want to ensure that our employees have adequate time to get home safely prior to the winter storm.

This closure will not impact our crews responding to outages if they occur due to the winter weather. You can find tips to help prepare your family for outages by visiting our Outage Center.

Email Surveys Being Conducted in December

Please be aware that Kenergy will be utilizing Touchstone Energy Services to conduct member surveys. Emails will be sent from now until the end of December. These emails will identify themselves as Data Decisions Group on behalf of Kenergy. Thank you for taking the time to complete the brief survey. Your feedback on these surveys will help us continue to improve the services we provide you, our members.

Five Directors To Be Elected in 2023

Prior to Kenergy’s annual membership meeting to be held on June 13, 2023, individuals will be elected to represent Districts 4, 6, 8, and 9, as well as the cooperative’s large industrial members.

A ballot listing the qualified candidates in a contested district election will be mailed in May to each Kenergy member residing within the district. Members will also have the option to vote online. 

District 4, which currently is represented by Susan Blanford, includes the area of Henderson County west of the Pennyrile Parkway and west of that portion of Highway 41 which runs to the north of the Pennyrile Parkway.

District 6, which currently is represented by Larry Elder, includes that area of Daviess County west of U.S. 431.

District 8, which currently is represented by Billy Reid, includes that area of Daviess County north and east of Kentucky 54.

District 9, which currently is represented by Brent Wigginton, includes all of Hancock County.

A district director must be a member of the cooperative and must reside in the district he or she represents. 

The Industrial Director must be a member of Kenergy or the employee of a member industry having a contract demand of at least 1,000 KW and must reside in a county all, or a portion of which, is located within Kenergy's service territory. Richard Basham is the current Industrial Director.

Any 15 or more members may make nominations of eligible persons for district director and any five or more large industrial members may make nominations of eligible persons for industrial director.  Such nominations shall be by signed written petition and shall be submitted to the cooperative not less than 110 days prior to the annual meeting. Only members eligible to vote in a district are authorized to sign a petition nominating a member from that district, and only those eligible to vote in an industrial director election are authorized to sign a petition nominating a person for industrial director. Directors shall be elected only from nominations by petition.

It is not a requirement to use a petition form prepared by Kenergy, however, anyone wishing to do so, may request one by contacting Debbie Hayden at 270.689.6101 or email at dhayden@kenergycorp.com.  

The petition must be submitted to the cooperative by 4:00 p.m., February 23, 2023. Thereafter, if the petition is valid, the name of the nominee will be posted. 

All Kenergy Offices Closed Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th for Christmas

All Kenergy offices will be closed Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th for the Christmas holiday. We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday with family and friends. Merry Christmas!

As always, you can drop payments at our nightly drop box, make payments on our SmartHub app or by accessing your account 24/7.

Act now to claim your primary residence sales tax exemption

Kenergy members with multiple meters need to take action

Beginning January 1, 2023, only a person’s “domicile” (primary residence) will be exempt from sales tax on utility services, including electric bills.

Kenergy is one of 26 electric cooperatives in Kentucky that work together to advocate for electric consumers. These efforts have helped protect the long-standing sales tax exemption for residential energy bills. Though this sales tax exemption remains in place for electric use at a primary residence, Kentucky will begin imposing a sales tax on other properties as of January 1, 2023.

To make sure the sales tax is not mistakenly applied to the electric bill of their primary residence, some co-op members need to take action. Members who have more than one residence in their name need to declare which meter is associated with their primary residence.

Available at Kenergy or at www.kyelectric.coop/taxanswers, a Kentucky Department of Revenue form allows utility customers to declare whether the address listed on their electric bill is their primary residence. Failure to provide a completed declaration form may result in the loss of a sales tax exemption for members who have multiple residential meters in their name.

Kenergy members can send completed forms to: Kenergy, P.O. Box 18, Henderson, KY, 42419 or info@kenergycorp.com.

For more information, members are encouraged to contact Kenergy at 800.844.4832 or visit www.kyelectric.coop/taxanswers.