Berea Municipal Utilities News

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.


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


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.


Dwayne Brumley

City of Berea

Public Works Director

Voluntary Energy Conservation

January 22nd, 2014

Cold Weather Advisory

BMU encourages Voluntary Conservation by electricity users to lessen the likelihood that service will be interrupted during high demand periods caused by the extreme weather conditions.

Key steps to help:

  • Decrease thermostat settings to the lowest comfortable level, preferably 68°.

  • Avoid using major electric appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes dryers, until mid‐day or after 8 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases.

  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.

  • Close blinds and shades at night to reduce energy loss through the windows.

    BMU is requesting commercial and industrial users take steps to conserve where possible.

  • Tip: Moving water is less likely to freeze. During cold snaps, leave one faucet on with a slow drip of cold water, particularly overnight. Choose the faucet farthest away from where the water enters your home to keep it moving through the entire house and leave cabinet doors open to water supply lines.

Click here to access a brochure with additional information.

New 2012-2013 Utility Rates

September 7th, 2012

Electric Rates


Rate Effective on Bills Due Sept. 10, 2012 Current
Class 1 Residential
Per Customer Per Customer
Service Charge $ 20.00 $ 14.30
Energy Charge $ 0.0706 $ 0.0607
Class 2 Commercial
Per Customer Per Customer
Service Charge $ 24.00 $ 16.01
Energy Charge $ 0.0629 $ 0.0623
Class 3 Large Commercial
Per Customer Per Customer
Service Charge $ 37.00 $ 20.02
Demand Charge $ 5.75 $ 5.20
Energy Charge $ 0.0567 $ 0.0492
Class 4 Industrial and Large Commercial
Per Customer Per Customer
Minimum Charge $ 125.00* $ 1002.38
Demand Charge $ 12.50 $ 10.75
Energy Charge $ 0.0414 $ 0.0374
Class 5 Primary Metering Customer Owned/Leased Transformers
Per Customer Per Customer
Minimum Charge $ 200.00* $ 960.75
Demand Charge $ 11.50 $ 10.50
Energy Charge $ 0.0405 $ 0.0358
Class 6 Primary Metering Non-Owned/Leased Transformers
Per Customer Per Customer
Minimum Charge $ 150.00* $ -
Demand Charge $ 10.00 $ 8.79
Energy Charge $ 0.0416 $ 0.0387
Class 8 Private Outdoor Lighting Services
Mercury Vapor Rate Rate
175 watt Std Ovrhd $ 9.02 $ 7.91
175 watt Exist Pole $ 7.73 $ 6.78
400 watt Exist Pole $ 12.14 $ 10.65
High Pressure Sodium
70 watt Std $ 5.20 $ 4.56
70 watt Exist Pole $ 4.66 $ 4.09
100 watt Std Ovrhd $ 6.52 $ 5.72
100 watt Exist Pole $ 5.81 $ 5.10
250 watt Std Ovrhd $ 12.78 $ 11.21
250 watt Exist Pole $ 11.95 $ 10.48
Class 9 Net Metering
Per Customer Per Customer
Service Charge $ 20.00 $ 14.30
Energy Charge $ 0.0706 $ 0.0619
* This is a service charge.
** The new rates will be effective for BMU bills due September 10, 2012.

Wastewater Rates


Rate Effective July 1, 2010 Current
All Customers
Per Customer Per Customer
First 200 cubic feet $ 9.00 $ 9.00
Over 200 cubic feet $ 0.0364 $ 0.0364
Southern Madison
Per Customer Per Customer
First 1,500 gallons $ 9.00 $ 9.00
Over 1,500 gallons $ 0.0049 $ 0.0049

Water Rates


Rate Effective July 1, 2010 Current
Class 1
Per Customer Per Customer
First 200 cubic ft $ 11.50 $ 11.50
All Over 200 cubic ft $ 0.0436 $ 0.0436
Class 2/3
Per Customer Per Customer
First 200 cubic ft $ 12.25 $ 12.25
Next 1,800 cubic ft $ 0.0427 $ 0.0427
Next 3,000 cubic ft $ 0.0392 $ 0.0392
Next 5,000 cubic ft $ 0.0352 $ 0.0352
Next 5,000 cubic ft $ 0.0297 $ 0.0297
Over 15,000 cubic ft $ 0.0267 $ 0.0267
Fire Protection
6″ sprinkler line $ 47.25 $ 47.25
8″ sprinkler line $ 65.75 $ 65.75
10″ sprinkler line $ 85.25 $ 85.25
12″ sprinkler line $ 103.75 $ 103.75


Boil Water Advisory Lifted

August 1st, 2012

Boil Water Advisory Lifted – Ed Fortner, Utility Director at Berea Municipal Utilities would like to announce at 10:50 a.m., August 1, 2012:

Berea Municipal Utilities has lifted the precautionary boil water notice for BMU customers. The advisory remains for Southern Madison Water District customers.

The boil water advisory had been in effect since Monday evening when it was necessary to valve off the 16” water main feeding Berea due to pressures below 20 psi.

Now, that water samples have been tested, the water company and state’s Division of Water feel the advisory can be lifted for the BMU customers.  Southern Madison Water samples must go through the same process and the notice is still in effect for their customers until further notice.

Thank you for your patience.


July 31st, 2012

BOIL WATER ADVISORY – Berea Municipal Utilities had a critical valve failure around 7:00 p.m. on July30th at the water plant that caused an emergency repair and resulted in very low water pressure. A precautionary boil water notice is in effect until further notice.  Please bring the water to a rolling boil and let cool before cooking with or consuming.

Any questions may be answered at (859) 986-4391 or (859) 986-7846.


 Water Advisory


As you are aware, we have had very little rain in the past month.  Our supply of raw water is being reduced everyday.  Compared to the month of April, our daily usage has increased by 500,000 gallons per day.  Therefore, Berea Municipal Utilities is asking you to voluntarily reduce your use of water.   Here are some suggestions for reducing your water usage.

  •  The best time for watering is in the morning, so plants have a chance to dry before the cool of the evening, thus making them less susceptible to molds and mildews. The worst times to water are in the mid-afternoon, when the overhead sun might burn plants, and just before sunset, when the plants may not have had enough time to dry off.
  • Use a soaker hose, a porous length of hose that allows the water to gently soak into the soil around the plants, can be useful. This is advantageous because it keeps the water off the plant’s leaves and, with the excessive humidity we’ve been having, that’s a good thing to discourage disease, such as molds and mildew.
  • Also for outdoor watering, you are welcome to go to the Sewer Plant, on Menelaus Road, and fill up your containers with reclaimed water for watering your outside plants.  The plant is open Monday though Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 to 10:00 am.
  • Don’t wash sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots, use a leaf blower to blow the debris away instead.
  • Don’t wash down buildings.
  • Don’t wash your vehicles at home.  Take your vehicle to a car wash.  The car wash uses much less water than you would at home.
  • Eliminate any other non-essential uses of water.

Also, please report any water leaks that you may see so that we can repair them as quickly as possible.

For more suggestions on reducing your water usage go to our website at

Thank you for your cooperation in conserving our water resources.