Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard

A renewable and efficiency portfolio standard (REPS) requires electric utilities to meet specified energy savings and renewable energy goals.

Twenty-nine states have passed clean energy portfolio standards – a key feature of the bill — including Ohio, West Virginia, Missouri and Illinois. Since passing one in 2008, Ohio has seen tremendous job growth, including 700 solar panel manufacturing jobs announced this year. With better policy in place, Kentucky could attract its own share of wind and solar manufacturing jobs, aiding a state sector that has shrunk in employment by more than 30% in the last decade.

Clean Energy Opportunity Act Goals -

Energy Savings Goal:

10.25% of annual cumulative retail sales will be achieved through consumer demand reduction programs, with a portion of savings achieved directly from efficiency improvements in low-income households.

Renewable Energy Goal:

12.5% of retail sales will be provided from renewable sources - solar, geothermal, wind, low-impact biomass, hydro-power, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and the renewable portion of co-generation – with a specified portion achieved by solar energy only. 

Document Actions
Calendar of Events

Larger version

Clean energy stories
Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Helps Families Thrive Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Helps Families Thrive

People's Self Help Housing has been providing affordable housing opportunities to families in Lewis County since 1982. PSHH knows that "affordability" is defined by more than just the mortgage. If a home is energy inefficient, the utility bills become too high for a low-income family to afford. As a result, PSHH has long-built highly energy efficient homes, helping the families they serve to thrive. PSHH has also recently built some of the first affordable homes in the region with renewable energy systems. Given that so many low-income KY families live in energy inefficient homes, combining affordability, efficiency and renewable energy is a recipe for success that benefits everyone.

Read more...

View more