Berea Municipal Utilities News

SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE

June 5th, 2015

SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE

In order to perform necessary maintenance on our Rash Road Substation, Berea Utilities will be required to perform a 1 hour power outage. This outage will occur @ 11:45pm, on Saturday, June 13th.

This will affect the areas of: Scaffold Cane Rd, Short Line Pike, Glades Rd, Menelaus Rd, Marcellus Dr, Prospect St, Estill St & Bratcher Ln as well as the side streets in these areas.

This maintenance will be performed as quickly as possible and we would like to thank our customers for their patience and cooperation. If you have any questions, please call 859-986-4391 during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm).

Oak Street Substation

April 20th, 2015

Due to the start of the new Oak Street Substation Construction Project, Groves Construction will be working in the Oak St, Lester St, Chestnut St, Boone St, Hanson St, Cherry Rd, Holly Hill Rd & all side streets in these areas.  Be advised, traffic delays may be possible.  Customers will be notified in person or by door hanger of any necessary power outages.

This project will begin April 21, 2015, and be completed in December 2015.  Updates and locations of construction activity will be posted accordingly.

We appreciate your cooperation & understanding as we begin this necessary upgrade.

Customer Notification

March 26th, 2015

The majority of power in Berea has been restored with the exception of two areas.  We are working with KU to get power restored as quickly as possible.

There will possibly be another outage for several hours as KU works to repair equipment.  The time of the additional outage has not been determined.

We will update this information as soon as KU notifies BMU.

 

Customer Notification

March 13th, 2015

Although rain is forecast for Saturday, the temperatures will be mild enough to allow the scheduled Scaffold Cane outage.  Therefore, the outage will occur as planned.

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.