Resources & Publications

E.g., 06/2018
E.g., 06/2018

Kentucky's Clean Energy Momentum

Gives information about clean energy success stories in Kentucky and describes how a large pool of grant money that went to counties for clean energy work was used.

The Solar Industry in Kentucky: A Brief Review

Gives an overview of current solar business and manufacuring in the state as well as a review of the potential in this area.

Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal

This study estimates that the mining, transporting and burning of coal results in $75 billion annually in public health costs in Appalachian communities, with a majority of those impacts resulting from increased health care costs, injury, and death.

 

Self-Reported Cancer Rates in Two Rural Areas of West Virginia

This study found that mountaintop mining is linked with increased community cancer risk. Self-reported rates of cancer were higher in a WV county with mountaintop coal mining than in a similar, nearby Appalachian county without large scale strip mining.

Health-Related Quality of Life Among Central Appalachian Residents in Mountaintop Mining Counties

 This study found that residents of Central Appalachian counties with mountaintop coal mining reported significantly more days of poor physical, mental and activity limitation and rated their own health more poorly than people living in similar communities without large scale strip-mining.


 

Wind Power Manufacturing Opportunities in Kentucky

A presentation that reviews the growth of the wind industry in the U.S. and discusses what Kentucky companies are already employing people to manufacture parts for wind turbines as well as our potential for job growth in this sector.

Association between Mountaintop Mining and Birth Defects in Central Appalachia

This study found that the rate of children born with birth defects was 42% higher in Appalachian communities with mountaintop coal mining than in similar non-mining communities.

Feed In Tariffs - A Policy for Rapidly Expanding Renewable Energy Deployment

Explains how feed in tariffs, which establish contract terms and payment rates that utilities would pay in-state renewable energy producers, work and discusses successes seen around the world from using them.

Insights from drafting & passage of North Carolina's REPS law

Reviews North Carolina's process of passing statewide renewable energy and energy efficiency goals and details the benefits, including the createion of thousands of jobs, that the state has seen as a result of doing so.

Links to numerous scientific studies about health impacts of mining

This page contains direct links to numerous, recent peer reviewed studies about the health impacts of large scale surface coal mining in Central Appalachia.