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EPB to consider elimination of variable rates

By Jeff Jobe
Barren County Progress

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board (GEPB) Superintendent Billy Ray has posted an agenda that contains items that, if approved, could be the end of variable rate and peak demand billing otherwise known as Infotricity.

The agenda items and proposed discussion are being initiated by board member DT Froedge.  Froedge requested two additions for discussion of the implementation of a Flat Base Rate of $10 for residential customers and $20 for all commercial customers excluding industrial rate customers. He also had Ray include discussions for setting the rate back to a volumetric, flat rate with no peak charges to the agenda.

The agenda has identified the bases for establishing these new rates as price per kilowatt hour determined by the ratio of sum of all residential and commercial costs divided by the sum of the kilowatt hours used by commercial and residential customers.

The monthly rate is to be set and stabilized by a running average over three or four months.  There should be no net increase in total costs.

The final item of this agenda discussion is to be certain that the industrial kilowatt power costs are not to be subsidized by commercial or residential costs. Froedge has spoken often of how this is what is driving the costs of many residential customers.

The GEPB continues to hold their meetings exclusively via teleconference, with no members physically present and with no physical access available to the public. The meeting will be televised on EPB Cable 6 and on Facebook.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 22 at 6 p.m.


  1. FRED PROFFITT on September 21, 2020 at 10:57 am


  2. Sharon Jenkins on September 25, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I am supposed to be relocating to a SENIOR, IN-TOWN, APARTMENT COMPLEX in October. My only concern/FEAR is EPB rates.

    All info available from EPB is high & low for the last tenant in the apartment; which depends upon the constitution and daily habits of that tenant.

    My previous experience with EPB was a home on Columbia Ave., shared with my now deceased husband. I’m thankful we had TWO incomes at that time.

    Being on ONE fixed income (SSA) now, makes me EXTREMELY WARY.

    I pray that my trust in Mr. Froedge’s suggestion is not I’ll-placed and that I won’t be living in ELECTRIC POWER ANXIETY. I will be TRAPPED by a year’s lease and unable to move, without even more financial loss for an entire year.

    Not a “pretty picture” to begin a new chapter in the life of a senior.

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