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"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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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 green jobs.  


EKPC is a non-profit electric utility that provides wholesale energy to 16 rural electric cooperatives that serve 500,000 customers across 87 Kentucky counties.  Ninety-seven percent of the electricity produced by EKPC comes from burning coal.  Currently, it is planning to construct two additional coal-burning power plants called Smith 1 and Smith 2.
Stop Smith campaign members are effectively organizing around many reasons why creating clean energy jobs in the region is the right choice for the business and area communities.  Campaign reports have shown that investing in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, such as solar hot water, hydroelectric and wind, to meet the co-op’s energy needs makes more fiscal sense for EKPC and for its consumers.

"I can’t tell you how significant this would be to an area that has lost much of its agricultural base in recent years," said KFTC member Rachel Harrod who lives in Owen County and is a member of the Owen Electric Co-op. "These investments would create thousands of jobs and well over a billion dollars in new economic activity throughout EKPC’s 87-county service area. The jobs generated by a clean energy portfolio would be a welcome boost to our local economy.”

The campaign is also building democracy throughout the service area by educating people on their role as a cooperative member, encouraging them to use their votes to create a cleaner energy future in their communities.

The Stop Smith campaign is a collaborative effort amongst Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Kentucky Environmental Foundation. 





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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.

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