Local officials hope representatives from the Kentucky Public Service Commission and Kentucky Power Company will explain why power bills were abnormally high this winter during their trip to Letcher County next week.
The PSC and the Letcher Fiscal Court are holding a “home energy workshop” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Letcher County Circuit Courtroom.
Andrew Melnykovych, director of communications with the PSC, said he will show a Power Point presentation at the beginning of the meeting in an effort to answer some of the questions which have been raised about high power bills.
“We will walk through a power bill item by item so people understand what is in the bill,” said Melnykovych.
Melnykovych said he will explain why the amount owed may from month to month. He s will also be a brief pres about managing energy c energy conservation.
“The key to this really i ways for people to reduc consumption in the lo because that is where the are,” Melnykoych said, add people often need to ha homes better insulated or equipment repaired.
Representatives with t Kentucky Power Co., K Housing Corporation, K Cooperative Extension Ser the LKLP community actio will also be at the meetin with people one-on-one.
Melnykoych said the PS reduce bills, but can help understand how to save m the long term by learning conserve energy.
“People need to understand why their bills have gotten this high,” he said. “It’s been an unusually cold weather particularly in your part of the state. You are going to use much more energy to heat your home.”
District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming encourages people with high power bills to attend the meeting.
“It’s going to be very, very important that we have a big crowd at that meeting,” said Fleming. “I think they are going to face a lot of angry people. I’ll be right there with them. I’ll be angry, too.”
Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward said the “home energy workshop” wasn’t exactly what he and the magistrates wanted, but said it is a step in the right direction.
“It’s better than nothing,” he said. “We’ll make the best of what we can to get them up here to listen to us. At least we got them up here to listen to us to see if there are any problems.”
Ward thinks Letcher County residents will get a chance to voice their concerns.
“I think that people will have a right to come in and complain about their power bills,” he said.