- 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
SOLAR JOBS INFORMATION (KENTUCKY/NATIONWIDE)
- Op-Ed: “Solar Customers Add Power to Utilities, Don’t Hurt Low-Income Customers,” Herald-Leader Feb. 18, 2018
- Opinion: “House Solar Bill Undermines Entrepreneurship, Benefits Monopolies,” Herald-Leader, Feb. 18, 2018
- Opinion: “Natural Gas Lobby Attacking Residential Solar in Kentucky,” The Lane Report, Feb. 15, 2018
- “Kentucky Lawmaker Borrows an Analogy from Koch-Funded Group to Gain Support for Anti-Solar Bill,” Feb. 15, 2018
- Editorial: “Who Wants to Kill Solar Energy in Kentucky?” Grayson Journal-Times, Feb. 14, 2018
- “Using Tomatoes to Attack Solar Power, a Kentucky Lawmaker Pulls from Big Business Playbook,” Courier-Journal, Feb. 14, 2018
- “Ky Legislature Looks at Cutting Net Metering for Solar,“ The Daily Independent, Ashland, Feb. 9, 2018
- “Is the Sun Setting on Solar Energy in Kentucky?” Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 8, 2018
- “Two Big Deceptions Aimed at the Solar Market in Kentucky,” Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 8, 2018
- “Against Energy Subsidies? Lawmakers complaining about solar should dig into this” Herald-Leader, Feb. 9, 2018
- “Solar Could Cloud Over,” Middlesboro from former KCC President Andy McDonald, Daily News, Feb. 6, 2018
- “Who is Strangling Solar Panels in the State of Kentucky?” Cleantechnica, Feb. 5, 2018
- “Will GOP Leaders Let Utilities Crush Solar?” Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 5, 2018
- “Clean Energy Backers: Solar’s Viability in KY in Peril,” featuring Eastern Ky Solar businesses, Public News Service, Feb. 5, 2018
- “Kentucky’s Emerging Solar Industry Threatened by a Bill to End Net Metering,” Insider Louisville, Feb. 5, 2018
- “House Should Reject Gooch’s Dirty Trick to Subvert Rooftop Solar,” Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 2, 2018
- “Solar in Kentucky is Threatened. See who is behind it” Courier-Journal, Feb. 1, 2018
- “Kentucky’s Fledgling Solar Industry Smacked by One-Two Punch,” with quotes from KCC President Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Courier-Journal, Jan. 24, 2018
- “Does House Bill 227 Throw Shade at Solar? Advocates Say Yes,” WUKY, Feb. 2, 2018
- “Kentucky’s Lawmakers Consider Bill that would Scale Back Solar Incentives” WKU, Feb. 1, 2018
Clean Energy and Efficiency
- Clean Energy Links
- Clean Energy Papers
- Low Income Solar Policy Resources
- Energy Project Assessment Districts
- Green Buildings/Green Schools
- Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance
- Energy Efficiency Day Resources
- Solar: Help the Sun Power Kentucky
- The Sun Shines Bright
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.
Report Explores Renewable and Energy
Efficiency Opportunities in Frankfort
Frankfort, 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.”
Public information from consultants on Frankfort’s Municipal Energy Choices (May/June 2017)
- Presentation from E3 to the Frankfort Plant Board, Assessing the KyMEA Contract
- Comments from EnvisionFranklinCounty to the Frankfort Plant Board concerning the E3 Report
- KyMEA Response to E3 Report
- OMU Response to E3 Report
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.
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