Below are actions we have highlighted for each week.

Actions for the week of 2/19:

Clean Energy Actions:

Your calls and emails are working!
Please keep calling and reaching out to others!

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) was NOT recommitted to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee as expected this past week. It was placed in the orders of the day in the House at the end of their session this past Friday. This means that, due to the President’s Day holiday, the earliest the bill could now be heard in the House would be 4pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20th.  So please keep those calls and emails moving, and please continue to enlist additional allies and supporters. 

What’s with all these amendments? We are getting lots of questions about the bill amendments. What was moved to the House as of Friday was a committee substitute version HCS1  and its related amendments, 1-22. You can find all of the amendments with the bill text for HCS1 at this link. Related amendments for the bill will need to be moved and debated.  Following debate and amendments, a final vote is taken. It is because of all of your calls and emails on this legislation that lawmakers offered so many amendments to repair or improve what is still fundamentally a flawed bill. So please keep calling! To learn more about the full process, see our link on “How a Bill Becomes a Law in Kentucky.”

Actions to take this week on HB227: 

  • Continue to call and email your individual Representative and House Leadership, and leave a message: “Please protect homegrown solar and vote NO on HB 227. The multiple amendments to this bill still do not fix its fundamental flaws.”
  • Then Call or email all members of the House and send a message that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs and none of the substitutes and amendments offer real compromise to a fundamentally flawed bill.
  • Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.
  • Finally, begin calling your Senator and all members of the Senate with the same message!
    The message line number is 800-372-7181.
  • Reach out to friends & family to make calls and send emails – especially people who live in eastern and western Kentucky.
  • Continue to watch for updates on the KCC Alerts Page for fast-changing developments.
  • Finally, Come to Frankfort for a Clean Energy Lobby Day on Feb. 22 and March 14. (Fill out the form and we will contact you with logistics).
  • You can also contact KCC at any time you may be in Frankfort (502-209-9659) and we can help you lobby on any day you are here!

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

Other Continuing Actions This Week:

 


Actions for 2/16: ALERT

Your calls and emails are working! Please keep calling and reaching out to others!

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) as of late Thursday evening has now had two more floor amendments filed (one to the original bill and one to the committee substitute), but the bill was NOT recommitted to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee as anticipated. We now anticipate that the bill (committee substitute version HCS1  and its amendments) will be heard on the House floor either Friday morning at 9AM or early next week.

Actions to take now on HB227: 


Actions for 2/15: ALERT

There is a meeting of House Natural Resources on adjournment today (any time after the adjournment of the House session at 2pm). The House Natural Resources committee meets in room 171 of the Capitol Annex).
This means the House may recommit HB 227 to the House Natural Resources Committee as early as today and the committee may amend the bill immediately after. WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE “ACTIONS” to amend the bill WILL BE ONLY MINOR, NOT SUBSTANTIVE, CHANGES  and that it will then be sent back to the House for a vote on Friday on a bill that is largely similar to the original flawed bill.

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) passed out of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee last week, going to the House with 20 amendments to fix what is considered to be a flawed bill. The House is expected to recommit the bill to the Natural Resources Committee to address the amendments.

Actions to take now on HB227: 

  • If you are able, come to the Capitol Annex TODAY (Thursday), room 171, “after adjournment” (the House meets at 2pm- (“Adjournment” could be approximately 1-2 hrs. after the House meeting begins at 2. So 3:00 would be a good time to come to room 171). Remind lawmakers on the House Natural Resources Committee that they needed to make real and significant changes to this flawed bill.
  • Call and email your individual Representative and Senator, members of House Leadership, and members of the House Natural Resources Committee right now and again on Friday. Leave a message to protect homegrown solar and vote NO on HB 227. The message line number is 800-372-7181.
  • Reach out to friends & family to make calls – especially people who live in eastern and western Kentucky to do the same.
  • Also call all members of the House and send a message that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs and that the House Natural Resources Committee’s revised bill is no real compromise. 800-372-7181.
  • Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.
  • Watch for updates on the KCC Alerts Page for fast-changing developments.

Note that solar installers have met with utilities to work out issues, but the utilities have shown an unwillingness to compromise at all, and the bill we anticipate will reflect that. Please make sure your legislators know this.

Finally, Sign up for Clean Energy Lobby Days HERE, next one on Feb. 22 


Actions for the week of 2/12:

Clean Energy Actions This Week:

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) finally passed out of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee last week after a tremendous effort from KCC members, solar installers and other allies to stall the bill. (Important information: While all calls are important, it is particularly important for legislators to hear from constituents who reside outside of Lexington and Louisville. So please contact friends & family to call in).

Actions to take now on HB227: 

  • Call House Leadership and all members of the House to express your concerns and opposition to House Bill 227. Call 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.
  • Ask House Leadership to recommit the bill for further work (the bill now has 16 proposed amendments).
  • Tell the House that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs.
  • Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.
  • THANK Reps. Cantrell, Donohue, Flood and Meeks for voting against the bill and Reps. Couch, Keene, Nelson for passing on the bill. And please note that while Reps. Duplessis, Dossett,  Elliot and Riley voted for the bill, they all asked for the bill to be amended on the House floor and are reserving the right to change their votes.

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

Other Actions This Week:

  • Call Senate Leadership to tell them you oppose HB10, which proposes to amend Section 29 of the Ky Constitution relating to administrative regulations to permit the General Assembly or an agency or committee it creates to review, approve, or disapprove any administrative reg. of the executive branch during or between regular sessions of the General Assembly. This is a “separation of powers” issue.
  • Call your legislator and ask them to sign on to support HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force. Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website.
  • Call the Senate State & Local Government committee to oppose SB82, which pre-empts local governments from adopting container ordinances.
  • Call the Senate to express your support for HB33 (KCC Support), the Safer Passing law for cyclists.

 


Actions for Thursday, 2/8 and beyond

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) finally passed out of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee after a tremendous effort from KCC members, solar installers and other allies to stall the bill.

Important information on this issue: While all calls are important, it is particularly important for legislators to hear from constituents who reside outside of Lexington and Louisville. This issue has incorrectly been framed by some as “rich homeowners against poor people” and large cities vs. rural, even though all of the affected solar companies service customers throughout the state, including several companies from rural areas who are providing much needed new jobs.

Utility supporters of the bill are also trying to tie this bill to the decline of the coal industry with misinformation. The growth of independent and residential solar should not be tied to coal. Monopoly utilities should not be using their market power and ratepayer funds to stifle independent installers and customer choice.

Actions to take now on HB227: 

  • Call House Leadership and all members of the House to express your concerns and opposition to House Bill 227. Call 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.
  • Tell them that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs.
  • Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.

THANK Reps. Cantrell, Donohue, Flood and Meeks for voting against the bill and Reps. Couch, Keene, Nelson for passing on the bill. And please note that while Reps. Duplessis, Dossett,  Elliot and Riley voted for the bill, they all made several comments asking for the bill to be amended on the House floor and are reserving the right to change their votes.

 


Your Calls Important Today (2/7):
Call House Natural Resources on HB227-
Bill being heard tomorrow!

The House Natural Resources Committee declined to vote so far on House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose)  due to your effective work. citizens Three new committee members have now been added, and TODAY is an important day to make your calls if you have not already.

Continue your calls TODAY in opposition to
House Bill 227.

Call members of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Say you oppose this bill which unfairly impacts independent solar installers and rooftop solar. 

Message any legislator on this committee, especially NEW ones (Rep. Mills, Rep. Dossett and Rep. Nelson) at 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.

Also contact House Leadership with the same message.

See previous alerts (below line) for additional information on this bill. If you have already called, call again!

THE BILL WILL BE HEARD IN ROOM 171 THIS THURSDAY, 9AM, CAPITOL ANNEX. PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING!

 

Second Alert for Today: SB2 

We also need people to call the Senate Standing Committee on State and Local Government on SB2 (KCC Strong Oppose). This bill amends the Kentucky Constitution to give power to the legislature to cap damages on the amount recovered for injuries to persons and property (this includes damages resulting from environmental harm and to public health). This bill is expected to be heard later today! Tell the committee you oppose this bill!


Actions for the week of 2/5:

Clean Energy Actions This Week:

Due to your effective calls and emails,  House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) has still not been able to be brought to a vote in the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Citizens packed the hearing room this past Wednesday (one day earlier than expected) to express their opposition to the bill. This Friday, Chairman Gooch has added three new members to his committee in hopes of passing the bill. We are now asking you to contact the  House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. And also contact NEW individual members Rep. Mills, Rep. Dossett and Rep. Nelson. 

Message any legislator on this committee, especially NEW ones at 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.

And then also contact all members of the House (message line 1-800-372-7181) and tell them you support local solar installers and small business jobs and oppose HB227.

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

Call members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee, and your own legislators, (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE. Tell your legislator about the lands in their district!

Sign On to the Conserve Kentucky letter to stop the “sweep” of land conservation funding in the state budget bill (HB200) and ask organizations to sign on. Sign on to letter HERE. Downloadable copy of Sign on letter HERE.

 

Other Actions This Week:

A reminder to call your legislator and ask them to sign on to HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force. It is important to build up momentum for this bill, particularly since there are less favorable legislative alternatives that have also filed this session.

You will see that we upgraded our ranking of HB10 (which proposes to amend the state constitution with regard to administrative regulations) to Strong Oppose. Please make calls to the House Elections & Constitutional Amendments committee and House Leadership to express your opposition to this bill.

 

 


 

ALERT UPDATE for Friday 2/2:
Call Members of the House Natural Resources Committee on
 Anti-Home-Grown Solar Bill – Note New Members

Due to your effective calls and emails this week,  House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) has not yet been able to be brought to a vote in the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Because of this, Chairman Gooch has added three new members to his committee in hopes of passing the bill. We are now asking you to contact the  House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. And also contact NEW individual members Rep. Mills, Rep. Dossett and Rep. Nelson.

Message any legislator on this committee, especially NEW ones at 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.

And then also contact all members of the House (message line 1-800-372-7181) and tell them you support local solar installers and small business jobs and oppose HB227.

More Information:

“Solar in Kentucky is Threatened. See who is behind it” Courier-Journal, Feb. 1, 2018

“House Should Reject Gooch’s Dirty Trick to Subvert Rooftop Solar,” Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 2, 2018

 


ALERT for Friday 2/2: Call House Leadership on
Anti-Home-Grown Solar Bill 

Due to your effective calls and emails this week,  House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) has not yet been able to be brought to a vote in the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Due to your effective calls, the committee may add additional members in order to pass the bill. We are now asking you to contact House Leadership early Friday AM with the message below:

Message House Leadership at 502-564-8100 (not toll free) or 1-800-372-7181 and tell them you oppose House Bill 227 and oppose attempts to pack the House Natural Resources Committee in order to pass this bill.

 

Also continue your calls to both the House Natural Resources and Senate Natural Resources committees in opposition to  House Bill 227. 


ALERT: Anti Solar Bill Meeting CHANGED to Wednesday 1/31
Capitol Annex Room 154

The House Natural Resources Committee has been receiving tons of calls from you all on House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) which would negatively re-define Net Metering in Kentucky. Regular meetings of the committee are always on Thursdays, where we anticipated a strong turnout of grassroots support for local solar installers, but in a surprise move, the committee has suddenly moved the meeting one day early, to TOMORROW, 1/31, to meet upon adjournment of the House and Senate, which meets at 2PM (this means the House Natural Resources will likely convene somewhere around 3-4PM)  The hearing will be in Capitol Annex Room 154.

For those of you who are able to come to Frankfort tomorrow, please call KCC at 502-209-9659 for more information as we have it, and please Continue your calls in opposition to  House Bill 227. 

More information about this bill here.

 


Actions for the Week of  1/29/18

Clean Energy Actions This Week:

Continue calls in opposition to  House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) which would negatively re-define Net Metering in Kentucky. The bill has temporarily been deferred from its first reading due to your calls and letters!! But could have its first hearing on the next meeting of the  House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, which will now be at 8AM February 1, Capitol Annex room 171. Watch this page for updates, particularly the night before the scheduled meeting to ensure this bill will be on the schedule. Message any legislator on this committee at 502-564-8100 (not toll free) or 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws. Please contact KCC at 502-209-9659 or email if you wish to meet legislators in person on this bill.

In the meantime, begin also making calls and sending emails to the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee and educate them on what net metering does to support independent solar and Kentucky’s economy.

 

2. Ask your representative to sign on as a co-sponsor to the Clean Energy Opportunity Act (HB196).

 

3. Call your legislator and ask them to sign on to HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force.

Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website.

 

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

Call members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee, and your own legislators, (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE. Tell your legislator about the lands in their district!

Sign On to the Conserve Kentucky letter to stop the “sweep” of land conservation funding in the state budget bill (HB200) and ask organizations to sign on. Sign on to letter HERE. Downloadable copy of Sign on letter HERE.

Other Actions This Week:

Ask members of the Senate State & Local Government Committee to oppose SB2, which Amends the Kentucky Constitution to give power to the legislature to cap damages on the amount recovered for injuries to persons and property, including environmental damage.

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to restore funding to the “Mesonet Program” in the budget (HB200) which is part of the Kentucky Climate Center and is responsible for weather and climate monitoring across the state.

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to restore budget funding for local conservation districts and the Environmental Education Council.

 


Actions for the Week of  1/22/18

URGENT ALERT: Anti-Home-Grown Solar Bill Filed, Actions Needed

HEARING CANCELLED! YOUR ACTIONS ARE WORKING!

Just filed late on Monday, House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) would negatively re-define Net Metering in Kentucky. The bill was expected to have its first reading during the next meeting of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, which will be at 8AM THIS THURSDAY(Jan 25) Room 171, Capitol Annex. NOTE MEETING HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED- WATCH FOR A RE-SCHEDULE FOR FEB. 1 AND KEEP THOSE CALLS COMING!

KCC Lobbyists will be on site at the Capitol to assist citizens who wish to meet with their legislators on this bill, and will provide information. And please consider attending this week’s meeting of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee where this bill is anticipated to be heard. 

Message any legislator on this committee at 502-564-8100 (not toll free) or 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws. Please contact KCC at 502-209-9659 or email if you wish to meet legislators in person on this bill.

See Louisville Courier-Journal story on this issue HERE.

What is Net Metering?? Net metering is a metering and billing arrangement designed to credit distributed energy generation system owners for any generation that is exported to the utility grid. Currently, in Kentucky, the NEM customer generator is credited for excess electricity that is exported to the grid by the utility on a per kilowatt-hour (kWh) basis at the retail rate. However, efforts have been made across the United States to reduce that credit to substantially below the retail rate.  This bill will severely scale back the credits for customer generators.


Other Clean Energy Actions This Week:

Ask your legislator (message line 1-800-372-7181) to sign on as a co-sponsor to the Clean Energy Opportunity Act (HB196) Strong Support. Downloadable handout about the Act HERE.

Land Conservation Actions this week:

Call your legislator (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE.

Sign On to the Conserve Kentucky letter to stop the “sweep” of land conservation funding in the state budget bill (HB200). Sign on to letter HERE. Downloadable copy of Sign on letter HERE.

Budget Bill Actions (HB200) this week:

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to remove funding sweeps from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund (info above)

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to restore funding to the “Mesonet Program” which is part of the Kentucky Climate Center and is responsible for weather and climate monitoring across the state.

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to restore funding for local conservation districts and the Environmental Education Council.

Container Legislation (SB82):

SB82, Strong Oppose: This bill prohibits local governments from adopting ordinances or regulations concerning the use, prohibition of, or taxes upon auxiliary containers. This defines these containers as “a bag, cup, bottle, or other packaging, whether reusable or single-use, that is designed for transporting, consuming, or protecting merchandise, food, or beverages from or at a food service or retail facility.  Contact members of the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

 

Continue Actions from 1/15 and 1/8


Actions for the Week of  1/15/18

HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force.

Thank Rep. Koenig for filing. Encourage that the task force include representation from air quality and environmental health interests.

Encourage additional house members to sponsor.

Contact members of the House Transportation Committee in support of the resolution.

Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website.

HB45/LM (S. SantoroJ. Sims Jr) Strong Oppose. Establishes a base registration fee for hybrid vehicles, hybrid electric plug-in vehicles, and non-hybrid electric vehicles. Contact members of the House Transportation Committee and tell them you oppose HB45 and prefer HCR18 (above).

Continue actions from 1/8.


 

Actions for the Week of 1/8/2018

HR36 (J. Gooch Jr., J. DeCesare, M. Hart, B. Linder, C. McCoy, P. Pratt, S. Santoro) Support. Thank Representative Gooch and Co-Sponsors for filing this resolution. Encourage lawmakers to consider laws that make it easier to add solar to these efficient schools.


We ask that you act on all legislation by doing the following:

Review our latest updated list of the House and Senate bills we have reviewed, addressing topics within our mission. You will find several we have listed that also address fundamental democracy issues such as access to voting.

Check to see if your legislator is a sponsor of any bills we have flagged as “support” or “strong support.” If you do not know who your legislator is, you can find out here.

Regarding legislation you support: If your legislator is not currently a sponsor, please call their office, which you can reach through the central message line, and encourage them to sign on to your preferred legislation. If they HAVE sponsored your preferred legislation, please call and THANK them!

Regarding legislation you oppose, contact members of the committees where the legislation currently resides,  and express your opposition. List of House standing committees here, List of Senate standing committees here. The status of where each bill currently resides is listed in the last column of KCC reviewed bills.