Berea Municipal Utilities News

Customer Notification

March 5th, 2015

 

All BMU customers may resume normal water usage.

Customer Notification

March 4th, 2015

We are asking all BMU customers to please conserve water until Thursday, March 5, 2015.

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

March 4th, 2015

SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE NOTICE

 

In order to complete the Scaffold Cane Conversion Project, Berea Municipal Utilities has planned a SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE for Saturday, March 14th, 2015.

The outage will affect the area of Scaffold Cane Road beginning at the corner of Scaffold Cane and Prospect Street continuing to the intersection of Scaffold Cane and Bratcher Lane.  All side streets in this area will also be involved.

The circuit will be de-energized at 8:00am.  Customers will regain service at varying times beginning at 10:00am.  All customers should be back to normal operation by 2:00pm.  Door hangers will be delivered to each customer detailing the outage with an approximate time of power restoration.

Please understand the changes will be made as quickly as possible and be advised BMU personnel and contractors will be in the area for a majority of the morning hours.  Please use caution while traveling in this area in order to ensure everyone’s safety.

BMU would like to thank their customers for their patience and cooperation.  If you have any questions, we can be reached at (859) 986-4391 during regular business hours (M-F 7:30am – 4:30pm).

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

February 25th, 2015

SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE NOTICE 

In order to complete the Scaffold Cane Conversion Project, Berea Municipal Utilities has planned a SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE for Saturday, March 7th, 2015.

The outage will affect the area of Scaffold Cane Road beginning at the corner of Scaffold Cane and Prospect Street continuing to the intersection of Scaffold Cane and Bratcher Lane.  All side streets in this area will also be involved.

The circuit will be de-energized at 8:00am.  Customers will regain service at varying times beginning at 10:00am.  All customers should be back to normal operation by 2:00pm.  Door hangers will be delivered to each customer detailing the outage with an approximate time of power restoration.

Please understand the changes will be made as quickly as possible and be advised BMU personnel and contractors will be in the area for a majority of the morning hours.  Please use caution while traveling in this area in order to ensure everyone’s safety.

In the event of inclement weather or unseasonable cold temperatures, the outage will be rescheduled to Saturday, March 14th, 2015.

BMU would like to thank their customers for their patience and cooperation.  If you have any questions, we can be reached at (859) 986-4391 during regular business hours (M-F 7:30am – 4:30pm).

Customer Notification

February 18th, 2015

With the historical low temperatures forecasted in our region over the next couple of days, Berea Municipal Utilities would like to communicate a few tips to our customers regarding water and electric service.

In order to minimize risks of freezing water lines customers should:

- Make sure water lines serving unoccupied buildings are completely shut off.

-  Seal off any outside air leaks entering into areas with exposed plumbing.  This includes         crawl spaces, foundations, and vents.

-  Insulate water lines installed near exterior walls and/or water lines exposed to harsh temperatures.

-  Open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing pipes.

-  Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to run overnight.  This will allow water to continue flowing through your plumbing during times of low usage.

-  Customers need to be aware of the location of their shutoff valve.  This is typically near the location the service line enters the home.  This will allow the water to be shut off quickly in the event of a water leak on the customer side of the meter.

During the next couple of days Berea Municipal Utilities expects to set all-time highs for system wide energy usage.  In order to minimize stress to our electric system, customers are encouraged to follow these suggestions and tips:

-  BMU experiences peak demands during the hours of 6:00am-8:00am and again during the hours of 6:00pm-8:00pm.  During these times please be conscious of your energy usage.  Only use lights, electronics and appliances which are essential during these times.

-  Leave the thermostat set at a temperature which is “comfortable.”  65ºF should be sufficient in a well-insulated home.

-  Unplug any unnecessary electronic equipment and chargers.

-  During daylight hours, open all window coverings in order to allow sunlight to provide a natural heating source.  This will also allow any unnecessary lights to be turned off.

-  During nighttime hours, consider using fewer lights during extreme cold temperatures.

-  If possible use alternative, non-electrical heat sources.  Be sure to follow manufacturer safety and ventilation guidelines.

* In the event of a power outage, please turn off ALL electrical items.  This will aid BMU personnel in restoring power in a timely manner.  During abnormally cold weather, when service is restored, the extreme demand of the initial surge/peak is very harsh on our system components.  Once power is restored only turn on essential electric appliances and equipment.

What is the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA)?

The PCA is a rate mechanism electric utilities use to recover fluctuating purchased power costs. BMU currently purchases electricity from Kentucky Utilities at wholesale rates which are adjusted annually and fluctuate monthly with changes in fuel cost. The PCA enables BMU to recover these fluctuating wholesale power costs as they occur without overcharging or undercharging customers through fixed retail rates.

How is the PCA calculated?                                                               

The PCA is a fixed charge for kilowatt hour (kWh). The PCA total will depend on the number of kWh’s the customer uses during each billing period. BMU reviews and adjusts the PCA calculation on a monthly basis. The PCA calculation is determined by reviewing the difference between the amount BMU actually pays KU for wholesale power and the amount BMU collects through its monthly electric rates to the customer. The PCA is then increased or decreased to reconcile the amount that BMU under collects or over collects.

NOTIFICATION OF ELECTRIC OUTAGE

November 19th, 2014

Due to weather conditions, it will be necessary for BMU to split the electric conversion of Dixie Park / Roselawn into two sections.

The following streets will experience an outage on Thursday, November 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Locker Court
  • Gregory Street
  • Elizabeth Street
  • Otis Street
  • Locker Street
  • Vanhook Court

The following streets will experience an outage on Friday, November 21st from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Rose Court
  • Rose Street
  • Elkin Street
  • Brown Street
  • Brown Court
  • Scruggs Street

If you live in the Dixie Park/Roselawn Area, you will experience occasional blinks during these two days.

If you have any questions, please call our office at (859) 986-4391.

Notification of Water Outage

October 2nd, 2014

Berea Municipal Utilities has water main break in Dixie Park.  It will affect 600-900 block of Kenway, Rose Ct, Rose St, Locker Ct, Locker St, Elizabeth St, Otis St, Gregory St.  This could take up to 4hrs. to restore.

Solar Panel Leasing

July 30th, 2014

Solar Panel Leasing

The BMU Solar Farm Phase III & IV facility is located at BMU on Harrison Road and consists of 126 panels. As of July 09, 2014 BMU has 108 panels in  the expanded Solar Farm that are available for lease to customers that have electric service with BMU.   They have been installed are generating electricity to be credited to customer’s accounts.  A License Agreement with a customer will be required for each specific location.  Payment to BMU in the sum of $750 per Solar Panel will be due upon execution of the License Agreement as a one-time license fee.

Only electric metered residential (class 1 and 9) and commercial accounts (class 2 and 3) will be permitted to receive the Panel Production Credit.

 How do I sign up?

Berea Municipal Utilities (BMU) is accepting applications for panels. Full payment and a signed contract is required to finalize your lease for panels. Download a contract here.  Joyce Hendricks will be accepting lease agreements and payments  at the BMU Contractor’s Office, 200 Harrison Rd., Berea, KY 40403 during the weekday hours of 9:00-4:00.  Please deliver your completed contract and check made payable to “BMU” to the BMU contractor’s office (to the right of the main customer service entrance.), or mail to:

Attn: Joyce Hendricks
Berea Municipal Utilities
PO BOX 926
Berea, KY 40403-0926

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE 

MARCH 11, 2014

     Please be advised that Forest Street, from the intersections of Forest/Center and Forest/Estill St (Hwy 1016) will be closed temporarily, beginning tomorrow,  Wednesday, March 12, 2014, during the hours of 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Mon-Fri. The anticipated completion date is Friday, March 28, 2014.  The purpose of this closure is for the replacement of water lines.

     Access will be available to local traffic residents and their guests living within the limits of the road closure.  Entry and exit from the area will have to be made from the Estill Street (Hwy 1016) side.

     We apologize in advance for any inconvenience, and appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

     If you have any questions regarding this notice, please call the Department of Public Works office at 859-986-8792.

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Dwayne Brumley

City of Berea

Public Works Director