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“Among the most important issues today are tackling climate change and transitioning rapidly to a new energy economy that is based on conservation, efficiency, and clean energy.  Our Center joined KySEA to be a part of a network of individuals and groups using their combined resources and voice to effect legislative change in Kentucky. We believe all citizens and the Commonwealth will benefit from a clean energy future that will strengthen the  economy, protect the environment, improve health, and create jobs.”  - Nancy Givens

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Jan 22, 2014

2014 Clean Energy Lobby Day

by Erik Hungerbuhler — last modified Jan 22, 2014 05:00 PM
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Your voice is needed to make the case for clean energy policies in Kentucky that can generate thousands of good new jobs and help our families and businesses save money by saving energy.

HB 195, sponsored by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, is a practical and powerful way to jumpstart investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy across our Commonwealth. The bill is modeled on policies already working well and creating jobs in places like Ohio and North Carolina, along with about 30 other states. With a slumping economy and energy bills running high, Kentuckians are looking for meaningful solutions. HB 195 would generate about 28,000 net new jobs in the Commonwealth over the next decade. Ten years from now, average electric bills in Kentucky are projected to be 8-10% lower under this bill than under a “business as usual” scenario.

Join with members of the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance for a Clean Energy Lobby Day in Frankfort on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. 

Let us know if you plan to attend by registering today!

Here’s a brief run down of our schedule on February 5th:

  • Meet in Room 125 of the Capitol annex in Frankfort from 9 am to 11:45 am, we will then switch to Room 129 (next door) from 11:45 am-1 pm. 

  • Talk with lawmakers between 9 am and 1 pm.

  • Reconvene in Room 129 of the Capitol Annex from 2 to 4 pm for a coalition meeting of the KY Sustainable Energy Alliance.

We will offer a webinar on Monday, February 3rd at 7 pm EST/6 pm CST to review key information about the bill and the case for clean energy policies in Kentucky. Here’s how to join that call:

  • To view the slide show, go to www.readytalk.com. Then enter access code: 8931147.

  • To join the phone call, dial 866-740-1260 and then enter access Code: 8931147.

We will try to schedule as many appointments as possible with legislators on February 26th. And we will do our best to match you with any meetings that are scheduled with legislators from your region. However, if you have a good relationship with specific legislators, it’s a good idea for you to reach out to them yourself to set up an appointment. Please do let us know if you’ve confirmed a meeting so that we don’t duplicate efforts. You can send any related updates to Carrie@kysea.org or lisa@kysea.org.

Can't make it to Frankfort?

Of course, if you can’t make it to Frankfort on February 26th, you can still make your voice heard by calling or emailing your legislators and asking them to support HB 195. The toll-free message line to all legislators is 1-800-372-7181. You can also send an email message to any legislator through this website: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislators.htm

Feel free to contact lisa@kysea.org with questions or updates.

We look forward to seeing you in Frankfort.

Nov 14, 2011

KySEA Groups Discuss Upcoming Legislative Session

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Nov 14, 2011 04:27 PM

About half of KySEA member groups attended a meeting in Lexington on Monday, November 7th, to discuss the upcoming 2012 Kentucky legislative session.

Thirty three representatives from 23 KySEA member groups participated in lively discussion about how to move the Clean Energy Opportunity Act forward this session and about how to support other opportunities that might arise to advance clean energy in the state.

The group heard preliminary findings about a Health Impact Assessment from the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, which shows the health advantages for Kentucky of moving to clean energy.

Curtis Stauffer, of Metropolitan Housing Coalition, also presented about a recent report from the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, entitled the 2011 State of Metropolitan Housing Report. It looked at a variety of factors surrounding affordable housing in the Metro Louisville area, focusing particularly on approaches to providing fair and affordable housing that uses less energy.  

Housing and CO2

He showed the graphic above to highligh that denser housing types in transit oriented developments are significantly more energy efficient than less dense housing types in suburban style development.  And, green, energy efficient  building practices- significantly reduce home energy use in all types of developments.

Those present at the KySEA meeting agreed that Kentucky needs better solutions both in building new homes and retrofitting existing homes in order to lower people's energy bills. With electricity rates rising across the state, this will be a topic of much consideration during the next session. And the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, supported by KySEA offers some of those solutions.

 

Nov 01, 2011

Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance Meeting

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified Nov 01, 2011 11:17 AM

Monday, November 7th, 2011
10 am to 4 pm
Northside Library Branch
1733 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, KY


The Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance will host its fall meeting on November 7th. The agenda will include:

-Preview of the 2012 legislative session: Perspectives from key KySEA members including a green energy business and an affordable housing provider, as well as opportunities to plug into KySEA's legislative work

-Overview of the Clean Energy Opportunity Act

-Two exciting presentations on reports related to clean energy by Metropoltan Housing Coalition and Kentucky Environmental Foundation.

Bring a brown bag lunch. We hope you will join us.

Please RSVP by clicking here.

May 25, 2011

KySEA Members Look Towards 2012

by Nancy Reinhart — last modified May 25, 2011 02:05 PM

5.24 meeting pic 1Several KySEA members gathered together yesterday to explore what we have learned over the last year of working together as an alliance and to consider what we'll plan for this year.

photo: Dick Watkins and Andy McDonald, representatives of KySEA member groups

There was healthy discussion about the current state of Kentucky's energy landscape and future, as well as reflection about the lessons KySEA learned from the 2011 legislative session, during which KySEA members lobbied and gave powerful testimony in support of the Clean Energy Opportunity Act. KySEA agreed to support the the bill again if it is introduced in the 2012 session and began to plot out a course of action in the areas of research, outreach and education, and alliance-building as well.

5.24 meeting pic 2photo: Geoff Young and Subodh Das, KySEA members

KySEA members also got a preview of an outreach presentation we're calling the "Clean Energy Road Show." It covers the basics of what types of clean energy exist in Kentucky and explores their feasibility. It also considers what the obstacles are currently in place to widespread deployment of those resources. 

KySEA will host a webinar about the Clean Energy Opportunity Act and another meeting in the fall. Check this website's calendar or your email for more information!

If your group or church is interested in joining KySEA or hearing a presentation of the "Clean Energy Road Show," email nancy@kysea.org.

 

Oct 01, 2010

KySEA Membership Meeting to be held Oct 12: Join Us!

by Kristin Tracz — last modified Oct 01, 2010 09:07 AM
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Save the date 10/12 for a day-long KySEA Mtg!

KySEA will meet at 9:30am for a daylong meeting about strategy, communications and biomass policy at the Lexington Libary -- Northside branch, located at 1733 Russell Cave Road.  Please join us if you can make it!  You can RSVP here.  Members will receive additional information and an agenda in the coming days.  If you are not a KySEA member and are interested in attending the October 12 meeting, please email kristin@kysea.org for additional information.  We look forward to seeing you!

Jun 21, 2010

KySEA meeting a great success!

by Martin Richards — last modified Jun 21, 2010 06:29 PM
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The Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance held a meeting June 1 at the Lexington Public Library’s Northside Branch. The meeting was open not only for KySEA members but included other organizations interested in supporting clean energy in Kentucky.

KySEA meeting

There was great turnout and lots of new faces at the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance June 1 meeting in Lexington. 40 people representing 28 different organizations, groups and businesses came together to learn about the Kentucky energy landscape, KySEA, each other and how to take the next steps of moving Kentucky to a clean energy future.

The goals for the meeting were to:

  • Continue to build relationships and understanding about our work  – independently and collectively.
  • Report and evaluate work on clean energy issues in the 2010 Gen. Assembly.
  • Inform/educate ourselves about one or more topics related to clean energy.
  • Review, improve and affirm a proposed action plan for remainder of 2010.
  • Identify ways for each group to participate

People left the meeting both exhausted and energized, “It was like drinking from a fire hose”, said Dick Watkins of Frankfort Climate Action Network, ”But the groups and the day was great

First in the morning was a six-month recap of the need for state clean energy policy, Kentucky’s energy challenge, and KySEA’s history, principals and policy priorities.

Following the “look-back” was a brief summary of energy policy and politics in the 2010 Legislative session and what KySEA’s goals and accomplishments were.

The morning ended with a round-robin set of education sessions on:

  • Using feed-in tariffs as a tool to drive renewable energy
  • Creating an Energy Efficiency Trust Fund

Renewable Portfolio Standards

The afternoon was spent planning KySEA’s work leading up to the 2011 General Assembly. Through small and large group discussions those attending fleshed out an outline, develop specific steps and create teams for accomplishing our plan.

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