New Energy and Transition News

Solar power in Kentucky is threatened. This is who's behind the push to crush it

February 2, 2018
The Courier-Journal

A national "consumer" group is working with Frankfort lawmakers, making phone calls to their constituents and urging Kentuckians to support a bill that would roll back incentives for solar power.

But who are they?

Members speak out to protect climate, clean energy jobs

December 11, 2017 at 12:13pm

In the final week of November, KFTC members Russell Oliver, Stanley Sturgill, Henry Jackson, Teri Blanton, Roger Ohlman, Mary Dan Easley and Mary Love converged in Charleston, West Virginia – alongside hundreds of other concerned people – to testify to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against the agency’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

“Now that we have cleaner, safer and cheaper ways to generate energy, the only question should be: how can we create more of those new jobs right here and right now in Appalachia? I know this because not only have I lived it, I’m still trying my best to keep living it,” said Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, a retired coal miner and KFTC member.

KFTC members travel to D.C. to lobby for the RECLAIM Act

October 24, 2017 at 05:22pm

 

Hattie, Larry, Sarah, and Judge Executive Jim Ward meet with Megan Bell and Jake Johnson of Congressman Hal Rogers' Staff

 

This October, KFTC members Sarah Bowling, Larry Miller and Hattie Miller spent time in Washington, D.C. lobbying their congresspeople to pass the 2017 RECLAIM Act.

Larry is a retired coal miner from western Kentucky. “I worked underground for 23 years and very proud of that work,” he said.

“I believe, however, that coal will never again be Kentucky's primary economic engine. I am concerned that investments in mining operations here will eventually end. I take no pleasure in saying that, because I made a good living in coal for a long time, but it just looks like a reality to me.

Waking up to the boom in cheaper natural gas

September 14, 2017
The Courier-Journal

Moving away from natural gas might sound radical, but it’s not unrealistic – and there are promising ways to work toward that goal in Kentucky.

Laura Greenfield receives national youth warriors against poverty award

August 22, 2017 at 09:56pm

Laura Greenfield of Paris, Kentucky has been awarded the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.

Just Transition gets a boost with approval of RECLAIM Act by congressional committee

June 27, 2017 at 03:24pm

There was a significant step forward today when a Congressional committee added a key amendment back into the RECLAIM Act and then approved the bill, sending it to the House floor.

Stanley Sturgill talks of MTR mining consequences and moving to a Just Transition

June 16, 2017 at 02:06pm

Harlan County member Stanley Sturgill helped a ranking member of the U.S.

Cincinnati People's Climate Rally!

June 13, 2017 at 03:23pm

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth was a co-sponsor of the People's Climate Rally of Cincinnati! Though originally slated to happen on April 29th as a sister rally of the march, it was postponed to June 10th. 

‘Empower Kentucky’ for the future

April 20, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

(P)lenty of Kentuckians want to diversify the state’s energy mix to save money and create jobs.

New local jobs! Better health! Just Transition! Here's how.

April 19, 2017 at 12:11pm

There is a clear path forward for creating thousands of new Kentucky jobs in the energy industry while cutting pollution, lowering electric bills and investing billions of dollars in workers and communities affected by the decline in fossil fuels.

The plan for doing that was released Wednesday by KFTC members during a press conference and with the launch of a new website (www.empowerkentucky.org).