The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would allow rural electric co-ops to deal in everything from propane to the Internet.
It all started last fall when the Kentucky Supreme Court proclaimed that Rural Electric Co-ops could not provide any service but electricity. Some competing small businesses were happy with that ruling. Now HB 568 will allow co-ops to resume their alternative commercial ventures.
Specifically, the bill allows electric co-ops to have a "secondary purpose of engaging in any other lawful business or activity." Any business that they are involved in will be regulated by the public service commission.