Touchstone Energy is launching their annual #WhoPowersYou contest to honor local heroes making a difference in our co-op community.
Kenergy members can submit nominations about fellow members who are making a positive impact in the community. Nominees are eligible to win cash prizes with the grand prize totaling $5,000! Nominations are simple – just share a photo of the nominee and a brief description of how that person is making a difference in your community.
Contest nominations are now being accepted September 8th through October 9th at www.WhoPowersYou.com
Are you in support of Kenergy’s broadband deployment project? Help us out by writing a letter of support to the Kentucky Public Service Commission!
Kenergy has filed a waiver with the Kentucky Public Service Commission and letters of support mean a great deal to our waiver application. If you’re unsure what to write, just copy and paste the text below and send a letter to the address listed or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate you taking the time to write a letter of support!
CASE # 2020-00215
Members of the Kentucky Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 615
211 Sowers Blvd.
Frankfort, KY 40602
Re: Broadband in Western Kentucky
I am writing to show my support of Kenergy’s broadband deployment project. I want regulated electric cooperatives to be able to provide high-speed broadband services to my community, just as municipals and TVA cooperatives do today. Our community has limited, if any, availability to reliable, high-speed internet. This critical infrastructure is essential to business, healthcare, education and quality of life.
Extending broadband services to rural areas is the modern-day equivalent of rural electrification in the 1930’s. Electric cooperatives have existing infrastructure throughout our region, which makes a perfect fit to be a broadband service provider.
I am requesting your approval of Kenergy’s request for a waiver, which will expedite this project in a timely manner, ensuring electric cooperatives can secure financing for the buildout.
Thank you for your consideration of this important project, one that will positively impact my community and transform western Kentucky.
Kenergy, an electric distribution cooperative serving 14 western Kentucky counties is exploring the opportunity to provide broadband services.
“Kenergy is looking into offering broadband services,” Kenergy President and CEO Jeff Hohn said. “There are several legislative and regulatory hurdles that we would have to clear before that opportunity would be available for us.”
Kenergy’s desire to provide broadband access emanates from the same factors that propelled the Rural Electrification Act into existence. For-profit electric utilities had little desire to extend electric service to sparsely populated areas. As a result, Congress passed the Rural Electrification Act in 1936 to provide loans so cooperatives could form and distribute electricity to unserved areas. The nation’s broadband providers have followed a similar path. As a result, significant portions of Kenergy’s service territory have been left in the dark as to broadband as they were to electricity 80 years ago.
“High-speed broadband can provide substantial value for our communities,” said Hohn. “These benefits include greater availability to information, online learning opportunities, economic growth, and increased efficiency for our local businesses.”
The cooperative is evaluating financing options and has filed a waiver with the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Kenergy will release more updates and details as they become available.
If you would like to send a letter of support for Kenergy to provide broadband services, please contact the Kentucky Public Service Commission and reference Case No. 2020-00215 in the subject line of your email to: email@example.com or mail your letter to:
Kenergy is now accepting applications for Line Technicians and Apprentice Line Technicians at the Owensboro office location. Applications are being accepted now through August 11th. Click HEREto view the description and apply!
A random computerized drawing of 254 applicants was held July 6th for three (3) $1,000 scholarships and twenty-four (24) $500 scholarships. Scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, campus housing, textbooks, computers, school supplies, and other costs directly related to the recipient’s education.
On Friday, June 12th, Big Rivers Electric and Kenergy made a check presentation to Owensboro Community & Technical College supporting the college’s initiative to provide solar charging in exterior locations on the main campus.
The project investment of $20,000 will provide two solar charging stations, placed in the outdoor mall area on the main campus. Each station is ADA compliant, self-sufficient and will provide charging connectivity for multiple devices. Created much like a picnic table, the station allows for seating for four, a tabletop, and an umbrella. Students will have access to free charging and be able to study and relax between classes while staying on campus and engaging in college-related activities.
A planned outage will occur Thursday, June 4th starting at 8:00 a.m.
Areas affected by this outage include: Bald Knob Road, State Route 143, New Hopewell Church Road, Pullam Threlkeld Road, Old Providence Clay Road, State Route 109, Lutontown Lisman Road, Hammock Road and Old City Road.
Kenergy crews will be working to change out a pole and relocate a three-phase line. This work is estimated to last three hours.
If you have any questions, please call 800-844-4832.