KCC’s charitable education affiliate, the Kentucky Conservation Foundation, has been providing educational resources and professional support for this group of concerned citizens in Franklin County, Kentucky who are concerned with their energy choices. Below are public resource documents and media on this community issue.
Analysis of the Frankfort Plant Board’s Participation in the KyMEA
“Strategy Alternatives for Frankfort Plant Board’s Participation in the KyMEA,” E3 Energy & Environmental Economics report, Sept. 2017
“Recommendations Regarding Frankfort Plant Board’s Participation in KyMEA,” Powerpoint presentation from E3 Energy and Environmental Economics, June 2017
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
Media on the Frankfort Plant Board/ KyMEA Issue
“Action Needed on KyMEA Power Contract,” Andy McDonald, Frankfort State Journal, October 7, 2017
“Power Outage: Berea City Council votes to nix contracts with KyMEA,” Richmond Register, Sept. 19, 2017
“Big changes recommended for FPB-KyMEA contract,” Frankfort State Journal, July 8, 2017
Op Ed: “Consultant’s Report Recommends Significant Changes to FPB’s Power Contract with KyMEA” by Andy McDonald, July 2017, published in the Frankfort State Journal.
“Frankfort Plant Board asks KyMEA to consider contract changes,” Frankfort State Journal, June 21, 2017
“EnvisionFranklinCounty asks FPB to amend energy contract,” Frankfort State Journal, June 14, 2017
“Weighing Resources: KyMEA still searching for renewable sources of energy,” Frankfort State Journal, Jan. 17, 2017
Kentucky Municipal Energy Choices Webinar
EnVision, working with KCF, hosted a webinar on energy choices, which outlined decisions being considered for nine municipalities throughout the state. You can find a video of their presentation 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.”
The Kentucky Conservation Foundation helped Envision members to fund a follow-up study by Synapse Energy Economics to learn more about the impacts of current decisions for power purchasing. You may find the details of that NEW research on the Foundation’s website HERE.