Why did you join KySEA?
Louisville Climate Action Network Louisville Climate Action Network

"Louisville CAN joined KySEA because evolving from inefficient use of dirty fossil fuels to efficient use of clean, renewable energy is imperative if we're to stop over-heating our planet and ruining the state we love; that doing so would also create much needed jobs throughout Kentucky and stabilize our economy makes it the elegant solution to a lot of problems." - Sarah Lynn Cunningham

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Kentucky's Energy Challenge

Currently, over 90% of the electricity produced in Kentucky is derived from coal-fired power plants.

Electricity Source By Fuel Type, KY 2007

 

Because of historically cheap electricity rates, Kentucky’s per capita energy consumption is among the highest in the nation, making our electricity bills comparable to states with much higher electricity rates.

By investing in conservation, energy efficiency and homegrown renewable resources, Kentucky can curb rising electricity prices on its residents and businesses and get our economy back on track by creating thousands of homegrown clean energy jobs.

 

Sources:

Energy Information Administration, State Energy Profiles: Kentucky, http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/state/state_energy_profiles.cfm?sid=KY

Energy Information Administration, Average Retail Price of Electricity to Ultimate Customers by End-Use Sector, by State, www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/tables_6_b.html

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