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Apr 21, 2010

Ky Green TV Launches on Earth Day

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Apr 21, 2010 09:03 AM

"KyGREENtv," an internet based television station dedicated to all things green in Kentucky, will launch on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.  The station will feature programmingour focused on a clean and sustainable activities happening across the state. 


Ky Green TV will have information about many things, including energy rating contacts, rebates, green products, websites and green collar job postings. Several KySEA members will be featured as a part of programming and KySEA will be a featured topic on the TV at some point.

 

Visit www.kygreen.tv tomorrow to check it out.

Apr 14, 2010

EE/RE Job Training Opportunity

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Apr 14, 2010 10:01 AM

-Article taken from Kentucky Housing Corporation

 

Kentucky Home Performance, the quickly developing home energy retrofit program at Kentucky Housing Corporation, uses a nationally certified training system for approved professionals from the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Here’s their online address: www.bpi.org. The current standard is the “BPI Building Analyst Certification”. Those who get the training first will be well placed to implement this program when it is operational (60-90 days).
 
Kentucky is a national leader in setting up a statewide system for training and standards in home energy audit and retrofit work. Aside from training there is also a ‘Quality Assurance’ component that will assist the training system to ensure that professions working in Kentucky homes will meet minimum ‘best practice’ standards. As the program is finalized you can follow our progress online: www.KYHomePerformance.org.
 
The required BPI “Building Analyst” Certification is a course with field work and a test. Various trainers use a 4-day “boot-camp” up to 10-days of training (KCTCS).
 
The first scheduled training will be hosted by the Home Builders Association of Lexington in April and May. There are rebates available for those who take the class and become certified. Up to $1000.
 
Class # 1 – Four Days – for Hers Raters only to become Building Analysts – April 27 – 30 – Class to be capped at 20 Students - $1,250 per student
 
Class # 2 – Six Days – From the ground up to become Building Analysts – May 10 – 15 – Class to be capped at 20 students - $1,450 per student

 

Sign-up is available at: www.hbalexington.com. Call Sandy Beck at 859-273-5117 for more information. KCTCS will be providing training in the near future. You can find KCTCS information at their website for training: www.kctcs.edu/Workforce_Solutions/.
 



Apr 13, 2010

Report Shows Major Economic Benefit from Energy Efficiency Implementation in the South

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Apr 13, 2010 10:03 AM
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A report entitled “Energy Efficiency in the South” was released yesterday by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; it reflects an in-depth modeling effort to demonstrate the potential impact of energy efficiency policies for residential and commercial buildings and industries throughout the Southern states. 

 

A sprofile of Kentucky, within the larger report, states that projected energy consumption in residential, commercial and industrial sectors would decrease by approximately 10% if additional energy efficiency measures were enacted. These measures would also create more than 10,000 jobs in Kentucky by 2020, according to the report.


The report stresses four major findings:
♣    Aggressive energy-efficiency initiatives in the region could stop energy consumption in the RCI sectors from growing over the next twenty years.
♣    A commitment to energy efficiency means fewer new power plants would be needed.
♣    Increased investments in cost-effective energy efficiency would generate jobs and cut utility bills.
♣    Energy efficiency would result in significant water savings. 


Specifically, the report states that “In 2020, energy bills in the South would be reduced by $41 billion, electricity rate increases would be moderated, 380,000 new jobs would be created, and the region’s economy would grow by $1.23 billion” if the investments in cost-effective energy efficiency modeled in the study were implemented in states throughout the region.


The importance of the South—defined by the U.S. Census Bureau to be the 16-state (and District of Columbia) region from Delaware down the Appalachians, including the Southern Atlantic seaboard, Gulf Coast and Texas—is stressed throughout the report, given that the South is the “largest and fastest growing region in the United States, with 36% of the nation’s population and a considerably larger share of the nation’s total energy consumption (44%) and supply (48%)”.


The vast majority of the region’s energy comes from fossil fuels.
Furthermore, the South consumes 51% of the nation’s total industrial energy use, 43% of the nation’s electric power, 40% of the energy consumed in residences and 38% of the energy used in commercial buildings.  This demonstrates the substantial opportunity for the region and the nation that comes from increasing energy efficiency efforts in the South.


Possible reasons for this highly-consumptive pattern of energy use, according to report authors, include the region’s historically low electricity rates, significant heating and cooling loads due to weather, low implementation of energy-efficient products and low expenditures on energy-efficiency programs.


In addition to a full report detailing results of modeling impacts for the region, SEEA and the report authors include a state-specific profile for each state in the region.

Apr 12, 2010

Microenterprise Loans Available in KY

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Apr 12, 2010 12:50 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear and Cabinet for Economic Development officials announced the expansion of the Kentucky Micro Enterprise Loan Program earlier this month. These loans could be a great tool to help fund RE/EE businesses.

 

The program, now available to all Kentucky counties, provides financing up to $35,000 for entrepreneurs and small business operations that, in most cases, would find it difficult to obtain conventional funding. It is funded by a one-time state allocation of $125,000 from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA).


The Cabinet for Economic Development routinely works with small business organizations from across the state to provide resources, advocacy and assistance to small and minority businesses.  For more information about the Kentucky Micro Enterprise Loan Program and the cabinet’s other small business programs, visit www.ThinkKentucky.com.

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