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KySEA Put Clean Energy Solutions "On the table"in Frankfort

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Apr 08, 2011 03:33 PM

"All options on the table is what we're going for," said Rep. Jill York (D) after Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance members gave compelling testimony about clean energy solutions in Frankfort last month.

Throughout the session, legislators discussed the adverse impacts that rising energy bills are having on Kentucky's families, farms and businesses. But House Bill 239, the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, championed by Sponsor Mary Lou Marzian (D) and supported by KySEA, was the only legislation heard this year that offered concrete solutions to Kentucky's energy challenges.

The bill was given a discussion-only hearing before the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee, chaired by Rep. Leslie Combs, on March 3rd. 

So far this year, KySEA also:

  • Organized and hosted the first-ever Kentucky Clean Energy Summit for a sold-out crowd of 150 participants.
  • Sponsored a Clean Energy Lobby Day with 40 people lobbying 30 legislators in support of the Clean Energy Opportunity Act.
  • Worked with bill sponsor, Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, to host a press conference about the bill.

 

As the KySEA mission statement says...

"We believe bold action is needed...to simultaneously address the goals of job creation and entrepreneurship; public health, climate and environmental protection; and poverty reduction and community development."

And, we're working to ensure that bold action happens in Kentucky, sooner rather than later.

What's next for KySEA?

We have learned a lot over the last year and during this last session. And, we have a lot to consider in the coming year, including questions about the alliance, outreach and legislative strategy. We'll be making decisions about these important issues at our upcoming face-to-face meeting.

SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, May 24th from 10 am to 4 pm in Lexington - exact location TBA. Email nancy@kysea.org if you have questions.

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