To the Editor:
I, like many others, saw a substantial increase in my electric bill, but I saw nowhere near the increase some did. Thankfully, I was able to pay my bill, but for many that was not the case. Fortunately, some received assistance through the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), but for others who didn’t qualify they had to find other sources to assist them.
The high electric bills have caused many to once again question the 17 percent increase the Kentucky Public Service Commission granted to Kentucky Power Company, and to ask what they can do about it. Unfortunately, it is too late for us to do anything about the 17 percent increase, but it does bring to question whether the commissioners who serve on the Kentucky Public Service Commission should be appointed or elected.
As you may know, the Public Service Commission consists of three commissioners who are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. If the Senate is not in session when a commissioner’s term expires or a vacancy occurs, the Governor then makes the appointment to take affect at once, subject to the approval of the Senate when convened.
Since the commissioners are appointed, do you really think they care what we, the ratepayers, think? Where is the accountability to the ratepayers?
Personally, I think the commissioners should be elected. If you agree, then contact State Representative Greg Stumbo, who is the Speaker of the House, at (502) 564-2363 and Senator David L. Williams, who is the Senate President (and a candidate for Governor), at (502) 564-3120 and tell them we want the law changed so we can elect the Public Service Commissioners. You should also contact your local senator and state representative and ask them to support us in this endeavor. CAROL THACKER NAPIER Kimper, Ky.