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Mountain Association for Community Economic Development Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

"MACED understands that systemic change in eastern Kentucky requires the government to be an effective partner in the development of the region. State government has the power to create the conditions needed for positive economic development to happen, turn demonstrations and local strategies into scaled programs, and remove barriers to social, economic and environmental progress. MACED seeks to advance a state policy agenda that supports green job creation, poverty alleviation and improved environmental and health conditions through investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy."

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Randy's run

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Randy's run

Clay County, Kentucky resident Randy Wilson ran for the board of his electric cooperative on a platform of affordable energy, better energy choices, and good local jobs in 2009.  Randy was the first person to oppose a sitting Jackson Energy board member since the co-op was founded in 1938. Before running for office, Randy was an active member of the Kentuckians For the Commonwealth’s Canary Leadership Network carrying a message throughout the region about the need to transition away from coal and towards clean energy. 

When he decided to run, Randy found out he needed 500 signatures of local electric co-op members in order to get his name placed on the ballot.  He had only a few weeks to gather them. When a grassroots effort was mobilized to secure the signatures, canvassers found local people eager to hear and discuss Randy’s ideas about reform.  Nearly everyone expressed concern over the rising cost of their electric bills.  

Randy secured the 700 signatures needed and won a spot on the ballot. In the weeks leading up to the June 27 election, Randy’s supporters again turned out to knock on doors and talk to people in parking lots. They had many more great conversations about energy issues and transition. 

Although Randy lost the election — his opponent used hundreds of proxy votes — his run was a wonderful leadership development opportunity and learning experience for KFTC as an organization. The response Randy got to his nomination, captured through hundreds of conversations about the topics of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric cooperative reform, is an indication of a growing hunger for change in the region and an affirmation of the power of grassroots organizing.

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9,000 clean energy jobs could be created in Eastern Kentucky and save Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) customers money. Folks from throughout EKPC’s service area and beyond have joined in efforts to persuade the power company to make planning decisions that would create these good, green jobs.

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