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Mar 24, 2010

Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission Meeting

by Martin Richards — last modified Mar 24, 2010 02:41 PM

A discussion about Energy Legislation will be on the agenda of the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission's quarterly public forum on Thursday March 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Video conferencing locations are availabe in various parts of the state for the public to attend.

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Mar 18, 2010

Upcoming Sustainable Energy Workshop Series

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Mar 18, 2010 07:21 PM

Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest, a KySEA member, will be offering a series of workshops about solar energy. The trainings will take place on between March 29th and October 31st, 2010. Individuals can sign up for one or many of the workshops, learning everything from the basics about solar energy systems to how to create a successful solar energy or conservation business. Topics, dates, fees and locations are listed below.

 

Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics   March 29-30  Frankfort  $225
Solar Site Assessments and PV System Design   March 31   Frankfort  $115
Solar PV and the National Electric Code  April 1  Frankfort  $115
Residential Energy Assessments  May 13-14   Mt. Vernon  $225
Introduction to Solar Water Heating Systems  June 2-3   Mt. Vernon  $225
Creating a Successful Solar or Energy Conservation Business  June 4   Mt. Vernon  $115
Residential Energy Assessments  July 22-23  Frankfort  $225
Advanced Photovoltaics   Aug 18-20   Frankfort  $400
Introduction to Solar Water Heating Systems  Sept 14-15   Frankfort  $225
Advanced Solar Water Heating  Sept 16-17  Frankfort  $225
Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics  Oct 26-27  Frankfort  $225
Solar Site Assessments and PV System Design  Oct 28  Frankfort  $115
Solar PV and the National Electric Code  Oct 29  Frankfort  $115
 

 

You can also click here to download a one-page flyer with all the relevant information.

 

Visit www.kysolar.org or call (888) 576-6527 for more information or to register.

Mar 16, 2010

Report: Energy Efficiency Could Earn KY Families Hundreds of Dollars

by Martin Richards — last modified Mar 16, 2010 09:33 PM
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Conservation groups backing new federal energy efficiency standards have been saying for months that those standards would save money for Kentucky families. Those who oppose the legislation say it would cost consumers more. It turns out both are right, according to new research from the Consumer Federation of America.

FRANKFORT, Ky 

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - KY

 

Report author Mark Cooper, who is the research director for the Consumer Federation, crunched the numbers on the costs of better appliances and insulation against the price of electricity, and found bottom-line savings. He says the most bucks are saved with a 30 percent increase in efficiency.

"Now, it's not free - you have to spend money to make money. On net, however, they'll end up at the end of the year with $300 more in their pocket."

Cooper explains that efficiency is simply a profitable investment.

"The cost of getting more efficiency in the building - more insulation, higher-efficiency appliances and so forth - is less than the cost of consuming the energy."

Cooper says natural gas savings for Kentuckians using the same equation would be about 60 dollars. 

He notes that his numbers are based on assessments from federal research and from organizations that are not lobbying for, or against, energy legislation.

The full report, "Building on the Success of Energy Efficiency Programs to Ensure an Affordable Energy Future," is at www.consumerfed.org

 

Mar 09, 2010

Is House Bill 3 The Best It Can Be?

by Martin Richards — last modified Mar 09, 2010 08:55 PM
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In the 2010 General Assembly House Bills 3 and 408 each represent a comprehensive approach to addressing Kentucky’s long-term energy needs, but with distinctly different methods and outcomes.

(DOWNLOAD A PDF COMPARISON CHART OF THE TWO BILLS BY CLICKING HERE)

  • HB 3 bill does not make energy efficiency Kentucky’s top energy priority. Unlike HB 408 and Governor Beshear’s Energy Plan, HB3 masks the importance of efficiency by lumping it in a category that could also include nuclear power and other expensive generation strategies.
  • HB 3 has no requirement for any program or effort to help low-income Kentuckians with energy efficiency. The efficiency standards in HB 408 require energy efficiency specifically for those who are most vulnerable in a time of rising rates.
  • Under HB 3, the requirements for efficiency and renewables are about half the size of the goals in HB 408. The goals in HB 3 will not help Kentucky to keep pace with neighboring states in meeting efficiency and renewable targets that achieve job growth, protect vulnerable families, and stabilize long-term energy costs.
  • HB 3 does not contain provisions that are needed to spur development of in-state distributed renewable energy generation, such as a specific goal for solar generation and production-based incentives. HB 408 has these provisions.
  • HB 3 creates new tax incentives and expands others for various energy projects - HB 408 does not. These incentives will impact future state budgets.
  • HB 3 creates a new “low-carbon ” energy standard. This new designation would encourage the development of some of the most expensive generation strategies, including nuclear power and coal plants with carbon capture and storage. HB 408 focuses only on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

HB 3 focuses more on centralized power generation and increasing the efficiency of the generation and distribution infrastructure, with little support for the end user, especially low-income households.

 

HB 408 makes energy efficiency Kentucky’s top energy priority.  It assists the elderly and the poor.  It seeks to make efficiency and renewables available to all.  HB 408 is similar to legislation already enacted in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. And while both bills strive to create new jobs, HB 3 will likely concentrate those jobs.  HB 408 will make more jobs statewide.

 

Call or write your Legislator and ask that Kentucky pass energy legislation that makes energy efficiency, including low-income Kentuckians, a priority; and makes energy efficiency, renewable energy and the jobs they create available to all Kentuckians.  

Mar 01, 2010

Take Action Now For Clean Energy in Kentucky!

by Martin Richards — last modified Mar 01, 2010 05:50 AM
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It must be March, because it’s crunch time in the Kentucky General Assembly. This is a critical week for Kentuckians to make our voices heard in favor of clean energy solutions. Do you have three minutes today?

The Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance is enthusiastically supporting HB 408, legislation introduced by Rep. Harry Moberly to promote the growth of clean energy jobs in every Kentucky community, while also helping our families and businesses to save energy and money by becoming more energy efficient.

 

At this time HB 408 is the only bill before the legislature to encourage greater investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. HB 408 creates incentives necessary for utility companies to make greater investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and holds them accountable for making progress towards ten-year goals.

 

We anticipate that other proposals from House Leadership and the Beshear Administration will be announced this week. Now is a critical time for legislators to hear from people back home in support of the clean energy solutions contained in HB 408. Let them know that you want strong, clean energy legislation to pass in 2010!

 

Please call toll-free message line in Frankfort TODAY to urge action on proposals to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in Kentucky. The helpful people who answer the phone will direct each message to the right legislators, even if you aren’t sure who represents your area. The line is open until 11 p.m.

Call: 1-800-372-7181

Ask to leave a message for: “House and Senate Leadership, your Senator and Representative, and members of the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Energy Committee.”

Message: “Please support HB 408 to create clean energy jobs across Kentucky and help our families and businesses save energy and money.”

More information about HB 408:

HB 408 creates incentives necessary for utility companies to make greater investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and holds them accountable for making progress towards ten-year goals.

 

Specifically, HB 408:

  • Requires utilities in Kentucky to increase the share of their electricity that comes from renewable sources from about 2% currently to 12.5% by 2020.
  • Requires utilities to help their industrial, commercial and residential customers reduce their energy use by 10.5% over the next ten years through energy efficiency programs.
  • Ensures that energy efficiency programs will be available for all customers, including low-income families who are the most vulnerable in the face of rising energy costs.
  • Creates a “feed-in tariff,” to encourage private investment in renewable energy technologies. Feed-in tariffs are a proven way to drive investment and expand employment in renewable energy.

 

Details, including fact sheets about the bill, can be found at www.kysea.org/legislative-policy-work.

 

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