History, mission, principles of KySEA
The Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance (KySEA) works to promote clean, sustainable and affordable energy solutions for Kentucky. Our broad based coalition has come together to develop the ideas, resources, public understanding and political support necessary to advance solutions that can help all Kentuckians save money and energy, especially those who are most vulnerable to rising costs and rapidly changing energy conditions.
- Make improving energy efficiency Kentucky’s top energy priority.
- Promote the development of clean, renewable energy from solar, wind, hydro and low-impact bio-mass, and increase the share of our overall energy mix that comes from these sources.
- Create new jobs and opportunities for Kentuckians, including a just transition for coal producing communities and workers.
- Enable all Kentucky residents and businesses to take advantage of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions
The idea for this alliance emerged at a meeting in February of 2009 attended by about 40 individuals and organizations who shared a sense of urgency about Kentucky’s economic, environmental and energy future.
We all understood that Kentucky stands at a critical moment in our history. Our state is among those most vulnerable to the rising costs of energy due to our heavy dependence (98%) on fossil fuels. And our homes and businesses, on average, are also among the least energy efficient. Lastly, our state lags behind the nation in terms of policies and programs necessary to promote energy efficiency and the deployment of clean, renewable energy sources. We all agreed: there is no time to lose.
Some of our organizations have worked side-by-side on a broad range of environmental and economic justice issues over several decades. It was time, we decided, to create a broad-based coalition in order to bring unified and focused attention to energy policies that could benefit Kentucky’s economic recovery and improve the health and wellbeing of our families, communities, and environment.
KySEA was formally established in August of 2009 with the adoption of our mission, principles, and initial policy priorities. At the table were more than fifty people representing several dozen organizations whose primary missions range from protecting the environment to creating affordable housing, from addressing climate change to promoting economic development, and from growing small businesses to addressing poverty. Our current members include statewide organizations, for-profit businesses, faith-based groups, student organizations, and a wide range of community organizations.
Our membership is open to organizations and businesses who endorse KySEA’s mission and principles.