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"KFTC members are excited to be part of this alliance because we understand that Kentucky must begin to transition towards a clean energy future. For years we’ve worked to address the problems that stem from Kentucky’s dependence on coal, including harm to our air, water, land and people. Being a part of KySEA is a way to work on the solutions to Kentucky’s environmental, economic, and energy challenges. Together we can build new power in Kentucky!"

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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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Millard Area Technology Center in Pikeville, Kentucky has begun training energy auditors who will work to increase area homes’ energy efficiency. Millard’s 40-hour certification track equips students with the ability to perform blower-door tests, carbon monoxide checks and furnace inspections on homes, amongst other things.

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