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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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Homeowners

Posted by Todd at Mar 03, 2010 11:22 AM
Im not sure Ill find the answers to my question but ill ask anyway. If a homeowner installs some sort of alternative energy(Wind or Solar) for his home would the utility company be "REQUIRED" to purchase the excess, if any was produced? Also, who would determine the rates? If any income was generated to the homeowner how would taxes be assessed? Or would the homeowner receive only a "Credit"?

IMO, if we can provide incentives to the business sector why not open it up to homeowners? Forgive me if something like this is already in place! Ive searched but couldnt find anything.

Todd

Homeowners

Posted by Andy at May 10, 2010 12:10 PM
Todd
You can find detailed information about Kentucky's net metering law at http://kysolar.org/net-metering. There you will find which utilities are obligated to provide net metering under the law. Under Kentucky's net metering law, utilities are required to accept power generated onto the grid from eligible renewable generators- solar, wind, hydro, biomass/biogas. They will not pay you for the power - you will receive credits towards your account. Thus, there's no taxable income involved. To learn more about incentives for renewables, visit www.dsireusa.org.
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