Why did you join KySEA?
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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Wind

New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that Kentucky has higher industrial scale wind potential than previously thought. Because wind turbines are much larger than they used to be, the newer assessment estimates our power potential at 80 and 100 meter turbine heights.

Every state that borders Kentucky operates utility-scale wind farms. Last year, Indiana's renewable energy production increased by over 400%, primarily from adding wind energy farms. Many of Indiana's wind turbines are placed in areas that had been previously classified as poor wind sites on older assessments.

Indiana is continuing to invest in wind energy based on newer studies - over 500 megawatts of additional wind farms are now under construction throughout the state. It is time that we joined our neighbors in clean wind energy production. 

 

Reports and Resources

National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Wind Maps. Available at: http://www.nrel.gov/gis/wind.html

 

AWS True Wind. "Wind Resource Maps of Kentucky" (July 2008). Click here to access.

 

Carson Lambert, Susan.  "Renewable Energy Resources Inventory in Kentucky." Available by clicking here.

 

Inter-County Energy Cooperative.  "Wind and Solar in Kentucky." Available: www.intercountyenergy.net/images/intercounty/Wind_and_Solar_in_Kentucky.pdf.

 

Russell Area Technology Center. "Kentucky Tech Celebrates its own First-of-a-Kind Renewable Energy Project 'Wind Turbine Generator' presentation" (May 2008). Click here to access.

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Eastern KY Native Building Biodiesel Processor Eastern KY Native Building Biodiesel Processor

A native of eastern Kentucky and a former underground coal miner, Nathan Hall sees a need for developing alternative energy resources in the mountains. For several years now, he has been working steadily to implement innovative renewable energy and sustainable agriculture projects in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields. Hall is currently at work constructing a self-contained mobile biodiesel processor powered entirely by renewable energy.

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