It’s been great,” Ralph Morris of Salvisa says succinctly of his 71 years as a member of Blue Grass Energy. “Any time I’ve had a problem, they have responded quickly.”
Not that he had needed that quick response very often. Ralph says he hasn’t had many problems. “One time a neighbor did something with a piece of machinery and knocked out our power, but they had it back up in about an hour. During storms, they’ve always come quickly.”
In Nicholasville, William and Judy Canter have had that same experience. The couple has been members of Blue Grass Energy all their lives—that’s 83 years for William and back to her childhood for Judy.
“Electricity is a lot handier than when I was a kid,” William says. “Back then we bought a Delco Plant, a machine that charged about 7 to 20 auto batteries, and that’s what we used to get current from. It ran off coal oil.”
“Now you don’t think about electricity. It’s something you have, and something that you’re used to having. If we didn’t have it, I don’t know what we would do.”
Judy agrees, and vividly remembers the time before electricity.
“It was so dark and gloomy at night, and you were only allotted so much time for the radio to play.”
Decades later, she remembers the 2009 ice storm that froze the state in place and knocked out electricity most everywhere.
“Our electricity never went off,” Judy recalls. “Almost every one else’s went off. They kept our electric going. That was a bad time for a lot of people. Our relatives came and stayed with us. Our daughter stayed here with her baby. Our niece and nephew came from Danville with their two babies. We made do. Just having the heat was wonderful, having the electricity to work.”
“You just don’t know how much you rely on electricity. It is a bare necessity anymore. Our automobiles are even going that way.”
As for Blue Grass Energy, Judy says, “they do a good job, a fine job. If the electric does go off, in no more than an hour they have it back on.”