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"At a time when the price of energy continues to rise, affording to keep homes warm becomes an issue that unites a broad range of families, but the burden is disproportionately devastating to low-income residents. MHC is dedicated to ensuring safe, fair and affordable housing choices for all residents, which includes utility costs."

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Hydroelectric

 

Hydropower currently generates about 7% of electricity used in the United States. Kentucky currently generates about 4% of electricity used in Kentucky through hydropower. Current producers include Kentucky Dam, Barkley Dam, Laurel River Dam, Wolf Creek Dam, Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station, Dix Dam and Ohio Falls Generation Station. American Electric Power is currently under construction with two facilities in Cannelloni and Smithland, Ky.

Kentucky has significant untapped potential to generate electricity from water flowing over existing dams. There are 33 dams either in the state or on the Ohio River, built for reasons such as flood control, water supply or navigation that don't presently have hydroelectric facilities, according the the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. 

 Adding turbines and generators to be turned by water flowing through those "non-powered" dams could quadruple Kentucky's annual hydroelectric production, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers estimated in a 2012 study. 

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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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