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County Officials Could Have Answer To High Energy Costs

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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