Kentucky provides a competitive advantage for utility costs, providing some of the lowest utility rates in the United States:
Kentucky’s utility providers, with oversight by the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC), ensure competitive rates for the consumer. Average annual utility costs and tariff rates for individual providers are available from the PSC at www.psc.ky.gov.
Northern Kentucky has all the resources in place to deliver a high level of service for all types of users. From redundant power and broadband availability in some areas, to new waste water treatment plants in others, maintaining our utility infrastructure is a priority. Utility providers work closely with the business community to ensure needs are met and downtime is avoided.
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In 2011, Kentucky’s industrial sector electric power costs ranked 6th lowest in the nation, while the state’s average retail price for all sectors is also 5th lowest in the nation. With an average industrial price of 5.33 cents per kilowatt hour, the state’s industrial electric costs are nearly 22 percent lower than the national average.
Duke Energy’s Ohio and Kentucky operations provide safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than 820,000 customers, including retail gas service to more than 500,000 customers. The service territory spans seven Ohio counties and five Northern Kentucky counties – making up the heart of the Greater Cincinnati Region. A combination of baseload and peaking facilities allows Duke Energy to serve its customers at rates below the national average.
Duke Energy is committed to developing innovative and environmentally sound generation solutions using a variety of fuels, including nuclear, coal, and biomass, as well as wind and other renewable sources. The company considers energy efficiency to be a “fifth fuel” needed to serve the growing energy demands of the communities it serves. Working with state regulators, Duke Energy is developing energy efficiency programs that save its customers money and improve the environment.
Owen Electric Cooperative
Owen Electric Cooperative (OEC) is a consumer-owned electric distribution corporation, serving most of the nine north-central Kentucky counties, including the suburban and rural areas of the three-county Northern Kentucky area.
Service reliability, along with benchmark efficiency, have allowed OEC to reduce rates in excess of 14% since 1983.
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In 2011, Kentucky’s industrial sector natural gas prices ranked fifth lowest in the United States and ranked second lowest when compared with states in the eastern United States.
Natural gas service in Northern Kentucky is provided by Duke Energy Kentucky.
The primary supplier of natural gas to Duke Energy is Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation. However, Duke Energy is connected to six major interstate pipelines, extending the company's sources to all major producing regions in the United States and Canada.
T-L Rate - Available to any customer who enters into a written agreement and has arranged for delivery of gas into the company's system for the customer's sole use at point of delivery where distribution mains are adjacent to premises to be served.
IT Rate - Available to any customer who enters into a written agreement and uses a minimum of 10,000 CCF per month for seven consecutive billing periods and has arranged for delivery where distribution mains are adjacent to premises to be served.
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Northern Kentucky Water District and Boone County Water District are the primary providers of water in the region. Additional information about water service is available here.
Northern Kentucky Water District
The primary source of treated water in Northern Kentucky is the Northern Kentucky Water District, serving municipalities and unincorporated areas in Campbell and Kenton counties, as well as parts of Boone County.
The Northern Kentucky Water District draws raw water from the Ohio River and the Licking River. The total filter capacity is 54,000,000 gallons per day with an average daily consumption of 32,000,000 gallons.
Water delivery systems are installed and maintained by the various municipalities and water districts. Rates and storage capacities will vary with the final distributor. The quality of water is maintained throughout the three-county area.
Boone County Water District
Boone County Water District and the City of Florence obtain water from the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) through the Boone-Florence Water Commission. The source of this water, treated by GCWW, is the Ohio River. This contract provides a capacity of 30,000,000 gallons per day, while average daily consumption is 8,000,000 gallons.
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The primary source of sewerage treatment service in Northern Kentucky is the Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1), serving municipalities and unincorporated areas in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.
Sanitation District No. 1 has been nationally recognized for the outstanding storm water management program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other groups.
The Eastern Regional Treatment Plant is now online in southern Campbell County, increasing capacity for operations and new development in that part of our region.
SD1 completed the Western Regional Water Reclamation Facility in 2012, a new wastewater treatment plant and six-mile underground tunnel. Western Regional has the capacity to treat up to 20 million gallons a day (MGD) of wastewater, making it SD1's second largest treatment plant. This new facility will provide flexibility for future capacity needs in Boone and Kenton Counties and also help SD1 meet regulatory requirements in that part of the Northern Kentucky region.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region is ringed with fiber optics, the underlying infrastructure that enables this region to be one of the most wired communities in the world. The digital foundation to high technology is available in almost every corner of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Greater Cincinnati’s competitive telecommunications marketplace helps provide companies with low per unit pricing on services and a full range of industry-leading telecommunications services and equipment. Voice, data, wireless and internet communications needs are served by cutting-edge technology. The area boasts the only true national, next-generation network.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region is home to multiple communications providers. These world-class networks can help develop a telecommunications infrastructure that will serve data centers, call centers, and high engineering content manufacturers well into the future. Along with Cincinnati Bell and Insight Communications, there are 19 other communications providers in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region providing excellent service to business and residential customers, including AT&T, Sprint, and many others.
Cincinnati Bell has been a leader in communications since its incorporation more than 130 years ago. The company provides a wide range of communication products and services to businesses and residential customers. CBT serves 2,500 square miles comprising Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana and has developed a reputation for providing excellent service and superior value. Over 125 customer-focused and highly trained account representatives are dedicated specifically to our business customers.
Wide range of products and services including:
- Local phone service
- Long distance
- Data & internet
- Equipment and technology solutions
- Property security
- 99.9997% Network availability
- More than 50 central offices - all connected with diverse fiber paths over redundant self-healing SONET lines which automatically re-route traffic as needed
- 87 Voice switch locations - Lucent 5ESS, ORM and Nortel DMS-10
- Satisfies requirements for disaster recovery plans.
Wireless business solutions:
Cincinnati Bell offers a comprehensive portfolio of innovative wireless solutions, from e-mail and messaging to industry-specific business applications
CBT's MetroPLEX self-healing fiber rings safeguards customers high capacity voice, video and data transmission.
- Assurance that voice, video and data communications can continue in the event of a manmade or natural disaster,
- Avoids interruptions to customers' business operations, and
- Satisfies requirements for disaster recovery plans.
MetroPLEX features using SONET include:
Completely separate loop routes
Routing to an alternate central office
100% digital, fiber-optic transmission
Full protection of electronics and optics
Primary power backup, and
Constant monitoring and surveillance
To contact an account representative call (513) 397-1941 or visit the web site for more information.
Insight Business (IB) is a provider of reliable, highly advanced technology and offers products for businesses at any stage of development. IB’s products include voice, video and Web services to business customers across a three-state region (Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana).
Over the last decade, Insight expanded into business services and has been providing industry-leading, commercial-quality data, phone, and TV to our service areas. They have a proven track record of reliability, serving over 20,000 customers including everyone from schools and universities to enterprise-level corporations and small business entrepreneurs.
Cable products and services:
- High-Speed Business Internet - Their ultra-reliable business-class internet offers download speeds of up to 20 Mbps, with even higher speeds available though fiber optic connections. With speeds up to 100 times faster than DSL, your business can get the upload and download speeds they want, while also getting the reliability and security they require.
- Business Phone Service - Insight Business phone gives you what you need: great reliability, outstanding calling features, and excellent business-class local customer support, without the high prices and hassles. With unlimited local calling and long distance packages designed to meet your needs and budget, Insight Business phone can keep you connected for less.
- Business Video Service – Insight Business digital TV and music creates an attractive work environment, allowing employees and customers to enjoy the latest in HD programming. Whether it’s bar and restaurant viewing, waiting rooms or private offices, Insight Business provides the best in news, sports and entertainment for your office.
Fiber Optic products and services:
- Dedicated Internet Access - Their fiber optic ethernet backbone provides reliable, scalable high-speed Internet service built specifically to meet your business demands.
- Enterprise Ethernet Solutions - Easily extend your Local Area Network (LAN) across a world-class network powered by fiber optic technology.
- Telephony Services - The newest addition to their services portfolio is Primary Rate Interface (PRI) providing local and long distance services via their fiber optic network.
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