Supporting local projects
Jackson Energy Co-op, based in McKee, has been energizing southeast Kentucky with its Operation Round-Up program, which asks members if they want to volunteer to round up their monthly bill payments to the next dollar. Since 2003 Jackson Energy’s Operation Round-Up has donated more than $70,000 to local groups and projects, including a backpack food program in Owsley County, playground equipment for the London Christian Academy, a recreation center in Lee County, and a game night at the Lee County Public Library. The funds are administered by an independent board that meets quarterly to review applications and award grants.
Making homes efficient
Inter-County Energy Co-op, based in Danville, joined four other co-ops in partnering with East Kentucky Power Cooperative for the weatherization pilot program to help low-income families. When all is finished, Inter-County, with the help of Ideal Homebuilders’ Matt Fiscus, will have weatherized 10 local homes that typically have high energy use in an effort to lower their consumption and their monthly bill. The local families who have received the upgrades have appreciated the chance to participate. The other co-ops involved in the project were Blue Grass Energy Co-op based in Nicholasville, Clark Energy Co-op based in Winchester, Fleming-Mason Energy Co-op based in Flemingsburg, and Owen Electric Co-op based in Owenton.
Linemen with class
Three employees of Blue Grass Energy Co-op, based in Nicholasville, wowed a kindergarten class last school year with tales of electric safety and what it’s like to be a lineman. Students at the Early Childhood Center in Anderson County heard from Lawrenceburg office’s energy advisor Jeff Moberly, line superintendent Ray Searcy, and crew chief Randy Gillis. Teacher Kim King called the visit “awesome.” She said the class was thrilled with the presentation and talked about it all day. And by the way, students in the class included Searcy’s grandson, Wesley, and Gillis’ son, Jagger.