Berea Municipal Utilities News

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.

____________________

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.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY

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.

BEREA MUNICIPAL UTILITIES ISSUES A

 Water Advisory

FOR BEREA, SOUTHERN MADISON WATER DISTRICT AND GARRARD COUNTY WATER ASSOCIATION

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 http://www.bereautilities.com/.

Thank you for your cooperation in conserving our water resources.

Employment Opportunity

May 10th, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

 The City of Berea is accepting applications for two (2) Seasonal Laborer positions in the Utilities department.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid Kentucky Drivers License, and have a high school diploma (or equivalent).  Applications are available online at http://bereaky.gov, or may be picked up at City Hall, 212 Chestnut Street. Deadline for applications is 4:00pm on Friday, May 18, 2012.  The City of Berea is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Certified Drug-Free Workplace.

Solar Farm News

March 1st, 2012

SOLAR PANEL LEASING UPDATE February 29, 2012.

14 Solar-panel leases remain to make sun power accessible to BMU customers. The panels are placed in service at the BMU Solar Farm facility located at 200 Harrison Road. There is no limit on the number of panels one customer can lease, so hurry in to be included in the BMU Solar Farm project. The lease cost is $750.00 per Solar Panel.

Under Quick Links, Berea Solar Farm you will be able to download a contract. Please use the Contractors Entrance to the right of the main customer service entrance to see Joyce Hendricks, Operations Administrative Assistant about leasing panels.

In observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., our offices will be closed Monday January 16, 2012.