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"The Kentucky Environmental Foundation has for twenty years been focused on finding clear grassroots and policy solutions to some of our community's worst environmental problems, to hold government accountable for protection of our health now and in the future. KySEA means when it comes to energy issues in Kentucky, we don't have to work alone.  The Alliance offers an opportunity for many groups with a wide range of experiences and expertise to unite for clean energy policy solutions, creating a drumbeat for change that will benefit our health, the environment and our state economy."

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Hydroelectric

Kentucky has significant untapped potential to generate electricity from water flowing over existing dams. The National Laboratories in Idaho (a federal agency) looked at potential hydro-electric sites in KY in 2003 and concluded that we could generate 887 mega-watts of power at existing dams. Current cost estimates show these sites could be developed for less than the cost of an equivalent power plant. Tapping into all of these resources would more than double Kentucky’s current hydro-electric generation (2.6 times the current level).

Reports and Resources

 

Energy Information Administration. "Hydroelectric Generation Statistics by state" (2009):  www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/page/hydroelec/hydroelec.html.  

 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "National Hydroelectric sites in pre-permit stage" (2008): Click here to access.

 

Louisville Gas & Electric / EON Green Power program: www.eon-us.com/green/default.asp.

 

Mother Ann Lee low impact hydroelectric station: www.kyhydropower.com.

 

U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory and Technology Center of Idaho. Potential Hydroelectric Capacity in Kentucky compiled into and Excel spreadsheet. Click here to access.

 

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People's Self Help Housing has been providing affordable housing opportunities to families in Lewis County since 1982. PSHH knows that "affordability" is defined by more than just the mortgage. If a home is energy inefficient, the utility bills become too high for a low-income family to afford. As a result, PSHH has long-built highly energy efficient homes, helping the families they serve to thrive. PSHH has also recently built some of the first affordable homes in the region with renewable energy systems. Given that so many low-income KY families live in energy inefficient homes, combining affordability, efficiency and renewable energy is a recipe for success that benefits everyone.

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