Kentucky’s Local Solar Industry Under Assault by Utilities
Solar Jobs at Risk from HB 227, a bill that will fundamentally change net metering laws
Last February Kentuckians defeated an attempt by utilities to end net metering and undermine Kentucky’s emerging solar industry. Now the utilities are back again with HB 227.
Latest Actions You Can Take on HB227 on KCC’s Action Alerts page
Note that fossil fuel industry front groups have been assisting the utilities in spreading misleading information about this bill. (Such as this Op-Ed from Brydon Ross of the Consumer Energy Alliance). We appreciate thoughtful editorials such as the one from the board of the Herald-Leader to set the record straight.
Watch KCC’s Action Alerts page for updates and subscribe to our Alert emails.
What you can do:
1.      Watch for new KCC action alerts  to show your opposition to HB 227 and support for Kentucky’s local solar industry.
2.      Call the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 and leave a message for the full House that you oppose HB227.
3.      Go to the Capitol to lobby legislators in-person. Lobbyists for the Kentucky Conservation Committee will be at the Capitol to assist citizens who wish to meet with their legislators on this bill, and will provide you additional information. Please contact KCC at 502-209-9659 or email KCC if you wish to meet legislators in person on this bill.
4.      Check out KCC’s Alert Page for additional information on this bill.
  • HB 227 is a job killer
  • HB 227 is anti-customer, anti-free market, anti-small business
  • HB 227 would smother Kentucky’s emerging solar industry, resulting in thousands of job losses and billions of dollars of lost investment.
  • HB 227 fails to account for the benefits customer-owned solar provides to ratepayers, the utilities, and the public at large
  • HB 227 will discourage corporate investment



Clean Energy and Efficiency

Kentucky Municipal Energy Choices Webinar

Thanks to all who joined last month’s webinar series on Municipal Energy Choices, which outlined decisions being considered for nine municipalities throughout the state. If you were not able to join us last month, you can find a video of one of our presentations here and below.

Municipal_Energy_Choices from Kentucky Conservation on Vimeo.


Report Explores Renewable and Energy
Efficiency Opportunities in Frankfort

Frankfort's-Energy-Future--Report-FINAL--8-8-16-1Frankfort, Kentucky – A report released on August 9, 2015 by EnvisionFranklinCounty explores the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy to the Frankfort Plant Board (FPB), their customers, and the local community. These benefits include protecting customers from rising electricity rates and helping them to reduce their bills; reducing the risks from being heavily dependent on coal power; lowering the FPB’s demand charges and extending the life of utility infrastructure; and generating local investment and economic development.

“The Plant Board is facing some critical decisions about its electricity supply as it moves away from KU and joins the KyMEA,” said Andy McDonald, a consultant with Earth Tools, Inc. and one of the report’s authors. “This change opens up new possibilities for the Plant Board that could bring many benefits to the community.”

See full press release on Aug. 11 meeting HERE.

Download full report HERE.

Public information from consultants on Frankfort’s Municipal Energy Choices (May/June 2017)

Whitepaper Explores Potential Rate Impacts

“The Potential Rate Impacts of Net Metering for KU/LG&E” Analysis of KU/LG&E Data Shows Net Metering Has Negligible Impact on Electric Rates By Andy McDonald, Director of Sustainable Systems Programs, Earth Tools, Inc., February, 2017. Download HERE.

See Press Release on this report HERE.

 Strong Forecast for Clean Energy: EIA Report

In its forward-looking report for the year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts renewable energy will be the fastest-growing power source through 2040.

New investments in renewable energy rose from $9 billion in the first quarter of 2004 to $50 billion for 2015’s first quarter, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and the volume of installed photovoltaic systems in the United States has grown every year since 2000.

Solar Resources:

Google’s “Project Sunroof” solar mapping site HERE.

State mapping of solar projects HERE.

KCC Clean Energy Media:

See our Media Resource Page for several recent articles on Clean Energy for Kentucky. Link HERE.

Pope Francis Encyclical on Climate Change HERE