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. 

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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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