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KySEA Members Populate the Governor's Energy Conference

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Oct 03, 2011 08:05 PM

Last Monday and Tuesday, September 26th and 27th, nearly 20 representatives of KySEA member groups attended the Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment.

Member groups in attendance included: Kentucky Solar Energy Society, Solar Energy Solutions, Alternative Energies Kentucky, Center for Sustainable Cities Design Studio, Phinx LLC, Sierra Club, Wellhead Energy Systems and Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.

KySEA representatives also staffed a table promoting the benefits of clean energy in the Commonwealth and the Clean Energy Opportunity Act during the two days.

The KySEA table entertained quite a bit of traffic, having conversations with conference participants about topics ranging from green energy on schools to clean energy training opportunities to in-depth discussions about the Clean Energy Opportunity Act. Several KySEA member group representatives also took the time to get to know one another.

KySEA representatives attended the wide variety of conference sessions that were offered. The conference did advance the discussion about clean energy solutions compared to last year in that break-out sessions about distributed energy options in Kentucky, the Kentucky Home Performance efficiency program and the statewide Kentucky Recycling organization were offered.

Further, former Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado was invited to speak on a plenary session about the advances his state saw in job creation and renewable energy production during his tenure. He credited the success to the implementation of statewide energy policies that encouraged such growth.

Many speakers, including Energy Secretary Len Peters and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson, indicated that the most promising policy advancement potential in Kentucky, in their minds, is energy efficiency.

"There's a quiet revolution going on in conservation," Adkisson said.

The Clean Energy Opportunity Act, supported by KySEA, would increase the amount of energy that utilities offset through energy efficiency programs every year.

To learn more about the conference or to view the presentations from the conference, please check this page of the state's website soon.

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