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Texting while driving will add up in Kentucky

April 7, 2014

Texting While Driving Now Costs 3 Points Against a Kentucky Driver's License

Texting while driving can now cost Kentucky drivers three points against their license.

In August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that he’d enacted emergency regulations adding the new penalty.

The regulations went into effect in November after a legislative committee gave no objections, Transportation Cabinet spokesman Ryan Watts says.

“It’s more of an aggressive approach to getting drivers towards getting drivers to put down their cell phones and other text message-related devices and start concentrating on the road before them," Watts says.

Now, drivers cited for texting while driving will lose three points against their license. The Transportation Cabinet can suspend a license if a driver gets more than 12 points in a two-year span. For drivers younger than 18, the threshold is seven points.

Watts acknowledged that law enforcement has had issues enforcing the no texting while driving law passed by state legislators in 2012.

“But we want to give them the tools for them to hopefully enforce this along the way," Watts says.

In August, Beshear said distracted driving, which includes texting, was the cause of about 35,600 Kentucky traffic accidents in 2012.

Demand Load Control info

April 7, 2014

What is the SimpleSaver Program/Demand Load Control and how will I know if they are being controlled?

The program is designed to monitor and reduce electricity use during peak demand periods when energy costs are highest. In the summer, peak demand occurs as air conditioning strains the electric system. During winter, water heaters consume more power, which also increases your energy costs.  But if those units are managed even briefly during peaks by installing remote switches, you can get a credit on your bill, and we all benefit.

 

How will I know when my appliances are being controlled?

To better keep our members informed, here's a quick way to know if the switch you currently have is being controlled or not.  If you observe a flashing amber light, no control is taking place.  if you observe a solid red light, the appliance is being controlled.  Water heaters will be off for the entire control time, usually 3-4 hours.  During the summer, air conditioners should be controlled 3-4 hours also but the main difference will be they will be only controlled 7.5 minutes/no control for 7.5 minutes.  This means the switch will only control the operation of the A/C for 1.5 to 2 hours.  If you should have any questions or comments, please call Inter-County Energy and ask for our Member Service Department at 1-888-266-7322.

Beware of Scams

March 19, 2014

Home Improvement Scam Bilks Member for $4K

Posted By Derrill Holly On March 17, 2014 @ 4:00 am In Crime,Editor's Pick |

An electric cooperative in Kentucky is warning its members about a lightning rod scam that investigators said cost one member thousands of dollars.

Authorities said this photo shows the suspect cashing a check from the alleged victim, Feb. 20.

“We don’t even sell lightning rods,” said Rich Prewitt, member services director of Cumberland Valley Electric. [2] “None of our service representatives, technicians, linemen or other personnel ever pick up money from members in the field.”

But authorities said a man wearing an orange work vest turned up at the Whitley County home of a Cumberland Valley Electric consumer-member in February and informed the resident that he was there to install lightning rods to protect the home.

Once the work was completed, he informed the homeowner that the cost for the material and services was $8,000. When the owner balked at the charge, he dropped the amount to $4,000 and explained that he would lose his job if he didn’t get the money.

“The victim wrote a check to Mark Anthony Adams for the $4,000,” Sheriff Colan Harrell told ECT.coop. He said surveillance video taken at a local bank Feb. 20 shows Adams, still wearing the vest, cashing the check at a teller’s window.

Adams, 21, of London, Ky., has been the subject of a manhunt since warrants were issued by authorities March 10.

“We have warrants out for Adams for theft by deception,” said Harrell. “We have reached out to the public to determine if there are other similar incidents out there.”

The lightning rod scam might have gone undetected had Adams not shown up at his alleged victim’s home a second time with a chain saw demanding money to cut trees on the property weeks later. This time the member called 911.

Investigators say this device was part of the equipment installed on a home in a scam that cost the homeowner $4,000. “The homeowner asked him to leave and contacted the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, which led to the investigation,” said Harrell.

A sheriff’s department lieutenant contacted Cumberland Valley Electric in Gray and confirmed that Adams is not employed by the co-op and is not authorized to cut trees on its behalf.

“We spend millions of dollars on vegetation management to keep our rights of way clean,” said Cumberland’s Prewitt. When a member needs tree work, the co-op secures its lines and encourages its member-owners to hire professionals, he added.

“All of our trucks and other vehicles are marked with the Cumberland Valley Electric logo,” Prewitt said. “All of our employees wear co-op uniforms and have identification badges bearing their names, so if there are ever any questions, they just have to call us.”

Inter-County Energy urges you to notify us if you think you are being scammed or have been scammed regarding anything to do with your electric service or collection of any of type of fees other than your energy bill. Please call us at 1-888-266-7322. 

2013 Honor Flight a huge success!

September 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKYT) - Bob Van Keuren is a Korean war veteran who on Saturday morning was about to join dozens of others on what many say is a trip of a lifetime.

Touchstone Energy sponsored the Honor Flight, which is a one-day round trip to Washington. Like many of the men…Van Keuren remembers his service vividly.

“Loaded boats with these young men…took them to the beach and they ran off and some of them we never saw again,” said the former minister from Whitley County of his service with the U.S. Navy in Korea.

Robert Williams was on a battleship when he saw an atomic bomb dropped on Japan.  “Sure enough at 8:20, that thing went up, never saw anything like it in my life,” said Williams, who now lives in Monticello.

The purpose is to show the aging veterans memorials built for them before it’s too late.  All were given a hero’s welcome when they arrived at the airport in Baltimore.  “It means I haven’t been forgotten. And It wasn’t all in vain,” said Charles Lee of Nicholasville, who served in both Korea and World War II.  Soldiers from Georgia even made a 10-hour, one-way trip just to meet them.

“People still care. Little bit anyway. They appreciate it,” said Arthur Lee Crain of Perryville.  The memorials pay tribute to those who served..and paid the ultimate price.  “I think this is the nicest monument up here. You see it all. Represents every state. Really nice,” said Crain, sitting just below the part of the World War II monument that honors the service from Kentucky, on the Atlantic side.

Despite their tremendous sacrifice, many remain very humble. One even said he didn’t know what he did to deserve all the applause heaped on him and others at the airport and all along the way to D.C. and back again.

Some are honored for protecting freedom. And others for preserving those rights beyond the U.S. boundaries.  “To defend them at any cost. Whether it is our lives, our fortunes, or our health,” said Van Keuren while looking at the Korean war memorial.

On board the Southwest flight home another war time tradition. ‘Mail call’…a time during conflict when servicemen received to letters from home.  Then back home….another hero’s welcome.

“I sum it up by saying one of the greatest days of my life. Enjoyed every bit of it,” said Williams, who will soon turn 91 but admitted he didn’t think he’d live to see the end of World War II when he served as a teenager.

 

Fuel supply secure for Inter-County Energy’s power provider

September 2, 2013

Fuel supply secure for Inter-County Energy’s generating cooperative despite coal industry pressures

Although recent news stories have reported that several coal mines are closing or laying off employees in Kentucky, the supply of coal for Inter-County Energy’s generating cooperative remains secure.

Nevertheless, new federal environmental rules on coal-fueled plants have challenged the operations for Inter-County Energy’s generating cooperative, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) and utilities across the nation. Also, regulatory pressures are driving up costs for Kentucky coal mines.

The good news is that EKPC has secure contracts for coal as well as other fuels to power its plants. Here are key points to keep in mind:

  • Coal remains the predominant fuel source for electric utilities, providing about 42 percent of America’s electric power
  • Coal use has primarily decreased in recent years because natural gas prices are currently near all-time lows due to improved extraction techniques
  • Coal will remain a vital fuel to power America’s electric generating plants for the foreseeable future despite the increasing pressures on the coal industry

To ensure a long-term future for its plants, Inter-County Energy’s generating cooperative has invested nearly $1.75 billion in emission-control equipment and clean-coal technologies. As a result, Inter-County Energy’s generating cooperative is better prepared to comply with the new federal regulations than many other utilities that rely primarily on coal.

These new federal regulations could cost electric utilities nationwide tens of billions of dollars over the next few years. But Inter-County Energy and East Kentucky Power Cooperative pledge to do everything possible to minimize the costs of compliance and to continue providing affordable, reliable power to our members.

Environmental Surcharge and Fuel Adjustment Clause

August 7, 2013

Clean air and the production of electricity hinge on the Environmental Surcharge and the Fuel Adjustment Clause.  The following pieces of information explain both.  Each one has questions and the explanations to help you better understand how each one greatly affects your monthly electric bill.

 

Q. What is the environmental surcharge?

A. The surcharge refl ects the cost of equipment and other expenses our power supplier incurs as it complies with

EPA regulations on power plant emissions. Most major electric utilities in Kentucky have this surcharge on their

bills.  See more at the bottom.

 

Q. What’s the fuel adjustment clause?

A. It recovers a portion of the cost of coal and natural gas needed to run power plants, and costs to buy power from

other utilities.

Q. Does the fuel adjustment change with the price of gas?

A. It has nothing to do with the cost of gasoline for Inter-County Energy’s trucks. The fuel charge recovers a portion

of the costs incurred by our power supplier for coal and natural gas to operate its electric plants, and their costs to buy

power from other utilities.  See more at the bottom.

 

2013 Washington Youth Tour winners

June 25, 2013

On June 14, 2013, the Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth began and ended June 21, 2013.  It was a week-long, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for these 6 high school students from our service districts.  They accompanied 80 more students from across Kentucky. 

In DC, there will be almost 1600 students from 43 states. The Kentucky group visited many of our nation’s memorials, the U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery and meet with Kentucky’s national representatives in Congress.

The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the   Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives (KAEC), and 22 of Kentucky’s 24 electric distribution cooperatives.

 

 FYI: 2013 Washington Youth Tour winners

Left to right: Rachel Halton, Aubrey Buis, Hannah Johnson, Shannon Stevens, Kelli Evans and Cheyenna McKenney       

Historical Marker Installed in Perryville

June 12, 2013

PERRYVILLE, KY. – The Kentucky Historical Society recently installed a historical marker at 590 Harrodsburg Road (Highway 68) outside of Perryville in recognition of the first Inter-County Energy substation energized 75-years ago. The marker stands adjacent to the current site of the Inter-County Energy Perryville Substation which today provides electric power to 2,500 members in that area.  Click at the bottom of the page for the rest of the story.

 

 

 

LED/CFL Lighting Promotion with Co-op Connections Card

June 11, 2013

Through the co-op connection card program, a new national discount from Philips Lighting is available if you purchase CFL or LED’s form any Home Depot. 

They are providing a $3 rebate on a $10 purchase of CFLs or LEDs when purchased in a Home Depot store. 

Here are the full details.

Outage Number

January 16, 2013

OUTAGE & EMERGENCY REPORTING NUMBER

1-866-224-2235

What is the first thing you do when the power goes out? You grab the phone and begin dialing Inter-County Energy. Effective immediately, Inter-County Energy customers should report outages or other emergency situations by calling the new 24-hour Outage/Emergency Reporting Line at 1-866-224-2235. This new phone number allows better access to outage reporting during power outages that affect large numbers of customers. Please make note of the new outage reporting number 1-866-224-2235 in the event you experience a power outage in the future.

Here are a few tips to make outage reporting quicker and more “hassle free.”
• Update your primary phone number on your ICE account(s). If you have recently changed your primary phone number from a landline to a cell number, please give Inter-County Energy a call at 859-236-4561 or 1-888-266-7322 to verify that the change has been made in our records.
• Utilize the automated, outage reporting option offered on the new Outage & Emergency Reporting Line. Automated outage reports flow immediately into a link which can be sorted and viewed by dispatchers resulting in a better understanding of the affected areas.
• Tune into local radio and TV media to check for outage updates once you have reported your outage.
• BE PREPARED……Always have a battery powered radio with extra batteries on hand to check outage updates in the event the outage is for an extended period of time.
• REMEMBER TO CALL 1-866-224-2235 TO REPORT YOUR OUTAGE OR EMERGENCY SITUATION!

**Please note this number has been in use since August 2011.

Accessing Your On-Line Account

January 9, 2013

Member Numbers Change

Inter-County Energy would like to make our members aware of a recent update on how to access your on-line account in order to pay your electric bill.  If your on-line account was set-up using the member separator number, including a “dash” at the end, then you may experience a problem accessing your account.  If your account was set-up this way, then you will need to make the change which will include using the member number.  The member number is the numbers that appear in your customer account number before the dash.

Warning About Utility Bill Scam

July 13, 2012

Attorney General Conway Warns Kentucky Consumers about Utility Bill Payment Scam 

Attorney General Jack Conway warns Kentucky consumers not to fall victim to a new identity theft scam involving the payment of utility bills. In this latest scam, fraudsters claim that President Obama will pay consumers' utility bills for one month through a new federal program.

"Although there are government programs that provide home energy assistance, this is not one of them," General Conway said. "This is a scam designed to gain access to a consumer's personal and financial information and to steal their identity. Never provide your Social Security number or sensitive personal information to someone you do not know."

Scam artists are using in-person solicitation, flyers, social media, phone calls and text messages as part of this multi-state scheme. Consumers are told that President Obama has approved special funding through the Federal Reserve Bank for utility bill assistance. The scam artists then solicit personal information such as a Social Security number from the victim and provide them with a fraudulent bank routing number to use when paying their utility bills online.

Customers who use this number are led to believe that their utility bills are paid and even receive payment confirmation notices. Payments are later rescinded as a result of the fake account numbers.

General Conway's Office of Consumer Protection has received no complaints from consumers about this scam and is not aware of any victims in Kentucky. Victims have been reported in California, Illinois, Tennessee and Texas.

Residents who are in need of home emergency assistance may be eligible for financial help through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered in Kentucky through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Agencies across the state. For additional information on the Kentucky LIHEAP program visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/liheap.htm or call 1-800-456-3452.

Tips for Protecting Against Identity Theft

  • Never give out personal information unless you initiate the contact or know the person or company with whom you are dealing.
  • Do not disclose your credit card number to an online vendor unless it is encrypted and the site is secure.
  • Do not write your Social Security number or telephone number on checks or credit card receipts.
  • Shred documents that contain personal or financial information such as bank statements, credit card applications, store receipts or utility bills.
  • Check your credit report at least twice a year and report any mistakes to the credit reporting agency in writing.

For more tips on how to protect yourself against identity theft or what to do if you are a victim of identity theft, please visit http://ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/idtheft/ . For additional assistance, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257 or you may file a consumer complaint online at http://ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/complaints/

Access to AMI Equipment

August 1, 2011

Attention Inter-County Energy Customers

With our recent installation of the new AMI metering system, many Inter-County Energy customers have removed the locks furnished by the cooperative. Inter-County Energy must have access to all metering equipment as well as other equipment located on a customer’s property.
Please refrain from removing any cooperative locking devices that prevent us from having access to this equipment.

Thank you,
Inter-County Energy

8/1/11 

ID Theft

July 1, 2011

ATTENTION INTER-COUNTY ENERGY MEMBERS

Because of the downturn in the economy, consumer protection agencies are warning consumers that the risk of scams involving potential identity theft are increasing. Cases have been reported across the country of callers who are not affiliated with utilities attempting to talk victims out of their credit card information by demanding immediate payment to avoid loss of service. Inter-County Energy warns member to also avoid giving account information to anyone calling them at home or on the telephone. They are advised to contact the co-op or local law enforcement if they have concerns.

ID Theft...What to do

Inter-County Energy offers the following information regarding identity theft and the handling of matters involving your personal information, how to protect yourself and what to do. We have a policy that addresses those issues

Fast Access DSL

July 1, 2011

Fastaccess DSL

Inter-County Energy doesn't presently offer Fastaccess DSL to it's customers in our service territory but there are several providers centrally located that do provide this service. Click on the link to go to those in Kentucky that provide Fastaccess DSL. Some of the vendors may not be in this list. http://www.dsl-hub.com

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