Kentucky Utility Deposit Bond: A Comprehensive Guide
At a Glance:
- Average Cost: Between 2% to 7.5% of the bond amount per year based on the applicant’s credit
- Bond Amount: Determined on a case-by-case basis
- Who Needs it: Certain businesses seeking to activate utility services in Kentucky
- Purpose: To ensure utility companies receive compensation for financial harm if the consumer fails to pay their utility bills
- Who Requires Utility Deposit Bonds in Kentucky: Utility companies that provide services to the general public
Utility companies in Kentucky often require customers expected to generate large monthly bills to pay a security deposit before initiating service. The security deposit protects utility companies from losses if the consumer fails to pay their monthly bills on time and in full. However, certain utility companies in Kentucky allow customers to purchase and maintain a surety bond in lieu of depositing cash. Unlike most surety bonds, utility deposit bonds are not required by a government agency but by the utility company providing the service (unless a municipality owns the utility company).
What is the Purpose of the Kentucky Utility Deposit Bond?
Certain utility companies in Kentucky require consumers that do not wish to pay a security deposit to purchase a surety bond as a prerequisite to obtaining utility services. The bond ensures that the utility company will receive compensation for financial harm if the consumer fails to comply with the provisions laid out in the bond form. Specifically, the bond protects the utility company if the consumer does not pay their monthly bills. In short, the bond is a type of insurance that protects utility companies if the consumer fails to remit all required payments.
How Can an Insurance Agent Obtain a Kentucky Utility Deposit Surety Bond?
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Is a Credit Check Required for the Kentucky Utility Deposit Bond?
Surety companies will run a credit check on the applicant to determine eligibility and pricing for the Kentucky Utility Deposit bond. Applicants with excellent credit and work experience can expect to receive the best rates. Applicants with poor credit may be declined by some surety companies or pay higher rates. The credit check is a “soft hit”, meaning that the credit check will not affect the applicant’s credit.
How Much Does the Kentucky Utility Deposit Bond Cost?
A Kentucky Utility Deposit bond can cost anywhere between 2% to 7.5% of the bond amount per year. Insurance companies determine the rate based on a number of factors, including your customer’s credit score and experience. The chart below offers a quick reference for the approximate bond cost on a $10,000 bond requirement.
$10,000 Utility Deposit Bond Cost
|Credit Score*||Bond Cost (1 year)||Bond Cost (1 month)|
|650 – 799||$500||$50|
|600 – 649||$750||$75|
*The credit score ranges do not include other factors that may result in a change to the annual premium offered to your customers, including but not limited to, years of experience and underlying credit factors contained within the business owner’s credit report.
BondExchange now offers monthly pay-as-you-go subscriptions for surety bonds. Your customers are able to purchase their bonds on a monthly basis and cancel them anytime. Learn more here.
Which Companies Allow Utility Deposit Bonds in Kentucky?
The following Kentucky utility companies allow customers to purchase a surety bond in lieu of depositing cash:
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities (BGMU)
Commercial customers must either deposit cash or purchase a surety bond before initiating service. The bond amount must be equal to twice the location’s average, or estimated average, monthly bill.
Agents can contact BGMU here.
Duke Energy Kentucky
Businesses are required to either deposit cash or purchase a surety bond before initiating service. Duke Energy will determine the required bond amount on a case-by-case basis based on the customer’s estimated usage.
Agents can contact Duke Energy Kentucky here.
Commercial members must either purchase a surety bond or deposit cash. The bond amount is calculated based on the location’s prior usage or that of a similar location. If this information is not available, the bond amount is determined based on the location’s projected usage. The required bond amount may not exceed twice the location’s average monthly bill.
Agents can contact Kenergy here.
High-use customers may opt to purchase a surety bond instead of depositing cash. The bond amount is determined on a case-by-case basis based on the customer’s estimated usage.
Agents can contact Kentucky Power here.
Knoxville Utilities Board
Businesses must either deposit cash or purchase a surety bond before initiating service. The bond amount must equal twice the location’s average monthly bill and must be at least $300. If the location is newly constructed, the board will estimate the location’s monthly usage.
Agents can contact the Knoxville Utilities Board here.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LGE & KU)
Commercial customers are required to deposit cash or purchase a surety bond. The bond amount must equal twice the location’s average, or estimated average, monthly bill.
Agents can contact LGE & KU here.
South Kentucky RECC
Non-residential customers must either deposit cash or purchase a surety bond before initiating service. The bond amount must equal twice the location’s average bill during the previous 12 months. If the location is newly constructed, the bond amount will be determined based on the location’s estimated usage or the usage of a similar location.
Agents can contact South Kentucky RECC here.
How Do Kentucky Utility Customers File Their Bonds?
Utility customers in Kentucky should submit their completed bond forms, including the power of attorney, to the company requiring the bond. The surety bond requires signatures from both the surety company that issues the bond and from the customer. In some cases, the bond will require witness signatures as well. Generally, the surety company will include the following information on the bond form:
- Name and address of the entity/individual(s) buying the bond
- Surety company’s name
- Bond amount
- Date the bond is signed
What Can Utility Customers in Kentucky Do to Avoid Claims Against Their Bonds?
To avoid claims on their bonds, utility customers in Kentucky must ensure they pay their utility bills on time and in full.
What Other Insurance Products Can Agents Offer Utility Customers in Kentucky?
Utility companies in Kentucky generally only allow businesses to be bonded. As such, agents can offer their customers general business and liability insurance in addition to the utility deposit bond. Bonds are our only business at BondExchange, so we do not issue liability insurance, but our agents often utilize brokers for this specific line of business. A list of brokers in this space can be found here.
Should Your Customer Purchase a Surety Bond or Deposit Cash?
Surety bonds are generally considered the better option for businesses, as they free up working capital that would otherwise have to be deposited with the utility company. For more information on whether your customer should purchase a bond or deposit cash, check out our Surety Bonds vs. Letters of Credit article here.