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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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Energy Efficiency

Investments in energy efficiency – including better insulation and more efficient heating and cooling systems – are the best source of cheap energy in Kentucky. A Kentucky-specific study states that these measures cost about 3.2 cents on average for every kilowatt-hour of energy they save. For comparison, the retail price of electricity in Kentucky is about 8 cents per kilowatt hour. At a minimum, all state growth in energy demand through 2017 can be met through improved energy efficiency (Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center).

According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, (ACEEE), Kentucky offers a variety of financial incentives for energy efficiency investments, as well as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, also known in Kentucky as Energy Project Assessment Districts or EPAD. The state government leads by example by setting energy requirements for public buildings, benchmarking energy use, and encouraging the use of energy savings performance contracts. Energy Efficiency research is conducted at the University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. For more information from ACEEE in Kentucky, see link: https://database.aceee.org/state/kentucky  

Reports and Resources

 

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: aceee.org/.

 

Chandler, Sharon and Marylin Brown, "Meta-Review of Efficiency Potential Studies and Their Implications for the South" (August 2009): www.spp.gatech.edu/faculty/workingpapers/wp51.pdf

 

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, “An Overview of Kentucky’s Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency Potential”  (August 2007):  www.energy.ky.gov/dre3/efficiency/

 

Kentucky Rural Energy Consortium. "25 x '25 Roadmap for Kentucky" (2008). louisville.edu/kppc/krec contains a link the report.

 

Metropolitan Housing Coalition. "2008 State of Metropolitan (Louisville) Housing Report - a Focus on Utility Costs and Energy Efficiency": metropolitanhousing.org/index.cfm?article_id=205&CFID=1121494&CFTOKEN=10841828

 

Meyer, Peter B. "Options for Protecting Kentuckians Well-Being in the Face of Energy Cost Increases." (October 2008)  Click here to access.

 

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, “Energy Efficiency in Appalachia: How Much More is Available, at What Cost, and by When?” (March 2009): http://www.arc.gov/assets/research_reports/EnergyEfficiencyinAppalachia.pdf

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