County Officials Could Have Answer To High Energy Costs

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The rising cost of electricity has some in eastern Kentucky looking to keep the lights on while spending less on monthly bills.

Some officials believe they can cut costs at one Pike County building and save taxpayer's money.

Pike county officials say they spend tens of thousand of dollars just on the electric bill for the courthouse, and believe the answer to reducing it is right in the air around them.

They want to put a wind turbine on the top of the courthouse to generate energy from the wind and connect it to the building's electrical system.

Officials believe it will cut thousands of dollars from the monthly utility bill and that's less money out of taxpayers’ pockets.

“Any amount that we can save on operations can be money spent on other services more vital to the taxpayer so that would really be why we would look at doing that,” Roger Ford said.

AEP company managers say they're interested in the program.

Pike County officials say if they can get $15,000 in grant money this month to buy it, then the turbine could be installed later this summer.

County officials are also conducting a year long study to see where else windmills could be used in the county to generate power.

AEP says they're on board with the idea, but have to wait until the study is finished before making any decisions.

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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 10, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    Folks here is what will happen once these energy conscious folks actually start saving on power consumption. The power company income will start to fall due reduced energy demand. Then either rates must be raised to offset this loss of income or the company has to lay off folks. Keep a porch light burning.
  • by Ralph on Jun 10, 2008 at 04:24 AM
    They haven't produced a trubine capable of handling that much wind yet."What a bad joke" that place is.
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Jun 9, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    As i read the story,does AEP have the final say so on the project? What decisions are there for them to make? I'am sorry to say, but if AEP has the last say on wheather this project is on or off,my friends i think it will be off.They(AEP)are not going to lose money,and i have little knowedge of such engery from the wind,but $15.000 dollars sounds very cheap. I would think the project will cost tens of thousands of dollars. Would there be that much of a savings? Maybe over time,who knows, it mite work.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Jun 9, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    Way to go Pike Co.! It's about time someone gets on the ball and starts thinking smart. We all need to be thinking like this community. In the meantime, use fluorescent light bulbs, reusable shopping bags, lower your gas mileage, and don't waste water. Recycle!


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