New Energy and Transition News

Empower Kentucky will build a state energy plan “that works for everybody”

October 20, 2015 at 03:28pm

Empower Kentucky, an ambitious project to re-shape Kentucky’s energy future based on a vision “that works for everybody” was announced today by KFTC members.

“Over the next year KFTC will invite thousands of people from all walks of life to share their vision and ideas for transforming Kentucky’s energy system,” said Sean Hardy of Louisville. “Then, together, we will write our own energy plan, one that works for everybody, all of us.

Utilities don't plan to join the fight against the Clean Power Plan

October 13, 2015
Utility Dive

This article summarizes Wall Street Journal findings that most utilities will not join the legal fight against the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The utilities say the new standard aligns with market forces the industry has already been following, includng a greater focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Solar and wind power surge as mining and drilling falter

October 19, 2015
Dallas Morning News

While the production of fossil fuels drops in the U.S., solar and wind power is skyrocketing as technology and cheaper financing drive down the costs.

Federal grants support economic transition efforts for eastern Kentucky

October 15, 2015 at 03:25pm

KFTC members are applauding the Obama administration’s commitment to a just economic transition for eastern Kentucky through the investments in people and communities reflected in several Power Initiative grants announced today.

KY legislators slam clean power plan

August 25, 2015

This article describes comments made by several state legislators at a meeting of a state task force looking at the impact of federal regulations, especially the Clean Power Plan, on Kentucky's economy.

Kentucky questions EPA 'quick' climate compliance

August 4, 2015
Courier Journal

This article describes some confusion and dispute between the EPA and state of Kentucky over how much expected coal plant retirements will help Kentucky comply with the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Some see better future as coal wanes

August 5, 2015
Courier Journal

This article describes the opportunity Kentuckians have to begin to transform our energy system, economy and politics in ways that are good for all people. It provides KFTC members' reactions to the EPA's Clean Power Plan, announced in August 2015.

KFTC members "All In" during exciting annual meeting

August 25, 2015 at 10:15am

EmPower Kentucky panel at 2015 Annual Meeting

KFTC members affirmed once again that we are “all in” for a better Kentucky.

Celebration of Tanya Turner

At the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting August 21-23, members from across Kentucky gathered at General Butler State Park to strategize, envision, share ideas and have fun together.

In Kentucky, talk of a 'war on coal' gives way to hope for new economy

June 4, 2015
Daily Mail

While "War on Coal" rhetoric still resonates in Washington, many locals say they have accepted that, this time, the boom-bust coal cycle has settled on bust. In the shadow of central Appalachia's bright-green hills, citizens groups are joining local politicians and entrepreneurs to map out a future less dependent on coal.

Rowan County chapter holds successful community forum on proposed pipeline project

June 26, 2015 at 12:53am
Rowan County

The Rowan County KFTC Chapter hosted a community meeting regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline repurposing proposal on June 23 in Morehead. 

Rowan County chapter member Ted Withrow and the director of the Kentucky Resources Council, Tom FitzGerald, explained the scope of the project and outlined its significant risks. With the help of moderator Sue Tallichet, another Rowan County chapter member, they entertained a number of questions from the sizable audience, which included the county attorney, the judge-executive and many of the property owners directly affected by the repurposing proposal.