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Exciting! Benham$aves Energy Efficiency Project Receives $200,000 Pledge

February 13, 2019

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Members of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) took part in a special called meeting of the Benham Power Board on Tuesday, February 12, to share the good news that an anonymous donor has pledged $200,000 to support the Benham$aves Program.

LG&E/KU rate case attempts to alter reality

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February 1, 2019

Over the past several years, Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) have pushed legislation that would eliminate net metering – the retail electric energy rate that rooftop solar owners receive as compensation for electricity they feed back to the grid. The utilities have pushed to compensate these solar households at only a wholesale energy rate (about one third of the compensation they receive now). This would put solar out of reach for most Kentuckians.

KFTC members continue to build New Power through the Power House Energy Efficiency workshops

November 9, 2018

Since April of this year, KFTC members across eastern Kentucky have helped host energy efficiency workshops in their communities, as part of our ongoing Power House Project. The Power House Project builds collective power by educating communities about Eastern Kentucky’s energy landscape, how we can influence it, and ways that we can lower our bills immediately through do-it-yourself weatherization strategies.

Fixing What's Broke: why Congress must support a Just Transition for miners with black lung and communities

October 21, 2018

A new report from KFTC describes ways Kentuckians are organizing to demand action from Congress – and especially from Senator Mitch McConnell – in support of a Just Transition for miners with black lung disease, retired and laid off miners, and their communities.

To build a new economy in coal communities, the report says Congress should start by "fixing what's broke," including strengthening funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, passing the RECLAIM Act, and protecting miners' pensions.

Local black lung resolution is picking up steam

October 16, 2018

Update 12.10.2018: Johnson County became the 15th local government in Kentucky to pass a resolution calling on Senator McConnell and other members of Congress to do right by our miners and coal communities!

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Knott, Letcher, Rowan and Pike counties became the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th local governments in eastern Kentucky to pass a local resolution calling on members of Congress to pass several bills needed to help sick, disabled, retired and unemployed coal miners and their communities. The fiscal courts in Letcher and Knott counties took the unanimous action at their respective monthly meetings on October 15, and Pike and Rowan counties acted the next day.

Advocates say other local governments will soon follow their example. The resolution was first adopted by the City of Benham in Harlan County in September. That action was followed quickly by local governments in the cities of Jackson, Morehead and Whitesburg, and in Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Rowan and Pike counties. 

Update 11.30.2018: The Floyd County Fiscal Court became the 10th Kentucky community to pass the resolution on October 18. Magoffin County quickly became the 11th, followed by Ohio County, in Western Kentucky, Knox County, and the City of Lynch in Harlan County. 

Update 12.10.2018: Johnson County's Fiscal Court passed the 15th resolution in Kentucky.

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