Berea Municipal Utilities News

Hydrant Flushing

April 10th, 2018

Berea Utilities will be conducting hydrant flushing within the water distribution system during the month of April. If you notice water discoloration or air in the service line, please leave a faucet turned on for at least 2 minutes. If this does not resolve the problem or you have any questions, please contact our office at 859-986-4391.

Higher than Normal Energy Use

February 7th, 2018

Higher than Normal Energy Use

 

The start of 2018 has resulted in BMU customers raising questions about their utility bills. With the average temperature in December being around 35 degrees and the average temperature in January being around 31 degrees, the unusually cold weather has resulted in higher than normal utility bills.

BMU is urging customers to be aware of their energy consumption. High energy consumption results in higher utility bills.

Weather affects utility bills. Your heating system works harder to maintain your indoor temperature during the winter months.

Some ways help stay warm and keeping cost down:

  • Open drapes, blinds and curtains during the day to allow the sunlight to enter and warm your home. Close them at night to prevent the chill from the cold windows.
  • Weatherize your home by using weather strips around doors and windows that may leak air.
  • Adjust your thermostat down two degrees in the winter.
  • Make sure to replace furnace filters every 30 days.
  • Add insulation if necessary in your attic or crawl spaces in your home.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water.
  • Add blankets to your bed.

Due to this higher energy usage there is a significant increase in electric charges billed in February 2018 compared to February 2017. The electric charges include a (service charge + energy charge + PCA).

Other factors for the increase is the fluctuating purchased power cost, also known as the PCA.

What is the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA)?

The PCA, 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.

PUBLIC NOTICE

DOOR TO DOOR SURVEY BY BEREA MUNICIPAL UTILITIES FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK

GRANT FOR SEWER PROJECT

Beginning Wednesday, November 29, 2017, BMU will be conducting a door to door survey required for application for a Community Block Grant. This survey will be confidential. The area to be surveyed includes customers near the following streets & subdivisions:

*Bryants Crossing   *Apple Grove      *Central Park      *Beaumont     *The Oaks       *Creekside

*Haiti Rd                 *W Jefferson St   *Hwy 25 North       *Highland Dr           *N Dogwood Dr

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!

Water Shut Off

September 28th, 2017

Due to a valve failure, water service will be interrupted from Lewis Street to Morning View along Jefferson Street today.  This interruption will be from 4:00pm to approximately 7:00pm.  BMU crews will be working in the Southbound lane of Jefferson Street.  Minor traffic impact should be expected.

Hydrant Flushing

June 7th, 2016

Berea Utilities will be conducting hydrant flushing within the water distribution system during the month of June. Flushing will be conducted along Chestnut St. and all side streets to the end of our system near Old Wallaceton Rd. If you notice water discoloration or air in the service line, please leave a faucet turned on for at least 2 minutes. If this does not resolve the problem or you have any questions, please contact our office at 859-986-4391.

Hydrant Flushing

May 6th, 2016

Berea Municipal Utilities will be conducting hydrant flushing within the water distribution system during the month of May 2016. In case of water discoloration or air in the service lines, please leave a faucet turned on for at least 2 minutes. If this does not resolve the problem, please contact BMU at 859-986-4391.

BMU customers should be aware of a recent telephone scam in which BMU customers are being asked to pay their utility bill over the phone.

Please be aware this is not a normal procedure for paying any type of utility bill with BMU. We ask for customers to please not give out any credit card or personal information over the phone.

Scheduled Power Outage

September 18th, 2015

We are continuing the completion of our new Substation Project. In order to switch the transformers from 4Kv to 12Kv, we will be required to perform another outage on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. This outage will begin at 8:00am and last about 3 hours. The following areas will be affected: Chase St, Chase Ct, portions of Kaye St, Shirley St and Mary St. All affected customers should have received door hangers.

If you have any questions, please call our office.

SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGES

August 31st, 2015

Dear Customers,

We are nearing the completion of our new Substation project. In order to switch the newly installed transformers from 4KV to 12KV, we will be required to perform outages for a large portion of our service area. Some customers will regain power sooner than others. BMU will focus on the main circuits first, then we will focus on the lines that branch off the main circuit. In order to help speed the process, BMU will have several contractor crews working alongside our crew to perform this voltage conversion. All outages will begin at 8:00 am. Below is a list of the dates, areas affected, and estimated total outage time for each section involved. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this process to improve Berea’s Electrical System. If you have any questions, please call our office at 986-4391.

October 5, 2015 – West Jefferson from Lewis to Hwy 21, including Plaza Dr  –  5 Hours

October 6, 2015 – East Jefferson from Lewis to Ellipse, including Baldwin, Courtland, and all side streets between  –  6 Hours

October 7, 2015 – East Chestnut from Ellipse to Lester, including Boone, South Broadway, Maple, Oak, Roger and all side streets in this area  –  6.5 Hours

October 12, 2015 – West Chestnut, Holly, Hanson, Cherry Rd, and all side streets in this area  –  6 Hours

October 13, 2015 – Morning View, Haiti, East Haiti, Liberty Ave, Hwy 25 South, Old Wallaceton, South Dogwood, Hwy 21 west of I75, all side streets  –  8.5 Hours

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).