New Energy and Transition News

Trump, Congress must stand by coal communities

April 18, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

Coal-mining communities are the backbone of this country. For decades we’ve kept the lights on in America by sacrificing our personal well-being. We need Congress to act to protect the health and pension benefits under threat to expire at the end of this month.

Benham solar represents a much deeper transition plan

April 7, 2017 at 07:30am

The mountain community of Benham, Kentucky received a healthy dose of national attention recently when the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum announced it has installed solar panels to save thousands of dollars annually on its power bill.

Kentuckians organize for climate justice

April 6, 2017 at 10:36pm

This is a critical time in the movement to create jobs, protect our health and climate, and advance a just transition for affected workers and communities.

Trump’s climate denials take away opportunities for jobs and better health in Kentucky

March 28, 2017 at 03:09pm

The opportunity Kentuckians have to transition to a clean energy economy is being thwarted by President Trump’s abandonment of U.S. climate commitments to stop harmful pollution, Kentuckians across the state are pointing out.

“I’m stunned that any administration would disrupt 50 years of bipartisan efforts to improve the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said Steve Wilkins of Berea, a member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. “How easy it is to forget days when people died from chemical hazes and when rivers burst into flames because our companies used our air and water as their dumping grounds.”

Big Sandy chapter hosts 8th annual Growing Appalachia conference

March 8, 2017 at 12:37pm

On February 25 the KFTC Big Sandy Chapter hosted the 8th annual Growing Appalachia conference. Folks from all across eastern Kentucky gathered at the Hindman Settlement School for a day of workshops on Kentucky wild edibles and medicinals, edible landscapes, saving money and energy through home energy efficiency, better gardening for beginner gardeners, and grafting apple trees. 

Don’t let utilities squash Kentucky’s solar entrepreneurs. Here’s a better plan.

February 25, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

With the General Assembly controlled by business-friendly Republicans, electric utilities might have sensed an opportunity to ram through legislation to limit the growth of independent solar power in Kentucky.

Solar jobs soar as Maryland prioritizes renewable energy

February 23, 2017
Baltimore Sun

Business is booming for Solar Energy World and other solar companies in Maryland, as sun-sourced energy becomes more affordable and accessible. Attracted by solar-friendly policies and mounting demand, solar companies are flocking to the state and hiring in droves.

We Stood For Kentucky

February 13, 2017 at 05:24pm

Showing that we are solid as a rock, rooted like a tree and standing strong, hundreds of KFTC members and friends took to the halls of the state capitol on Tuesday to Stand For Kentucky.

Mapping environmental (in)justice in Kentucky

December 8, 2016 at 01:13pm

As KFTC members work to design a new, clean energy system for our state, we want principles of environmental justice and health equity to be at the front and center of our process and plan. Developing an Environmental Justice analysis is one important step we are taking to better understand which communities in our state are most affected by pollution, poor health, economic inequality and racial injustice.

The Story of the Roanoke Electric Co-op

October 26, 2016 at 12:55pm

Curtis Wynn is the CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative in North Carolina. He was the keynote speaker at KFTC's Empower Kentucky Summit on October 1, 2016 in Louisville. He described ways his co-op is leading the nation with an innovative approach to energy efficiency and building on a model developed by rural co-ops in Kentucky. Watch this video of Curtis describing his work to empower the members of his co-op.