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Louisville Loves Mountains Week

February 28, 2014

In early February, the Jefferson County Chapter held Louisville Loves Mountains week, a series of events leading up to the I Love Mountains Day march and rally on February 12.  Three events were scheduled to foster a better understanding of the African American culture in the Appalachian region, to learn more about the economic issues of the area, and to encourage participation in the I Love Mountains rally.

Citizen lobbyists educate lawmakers on benefits of clean energy policy

February 27, 2014

KFTC members talked with legislators about the 28,000 new jobs that might be created if Kentucky adopts clean energy standards.

The clean energy lobby day on February 26 was hosted by the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance, a coalition of 54 groups including KFTC, solar installers, housing groups, and others working for clean energy policy in Kentucky.

Shelby County KFTC members call on REC to pass a Member's Bill of Rights

November 26, 2013

Shelby KFTC members addressed the Shelby Energy Rural Electric Co-op Board of Directors Nov. 25 and asked them to adopt a Members Board of Rights that guarantees fair elections, open meetings and open records.

Although the board members did not respond to the request, Shelby KFTC members felt they made a positive impression on the Board.

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"They listened attentively but didn't ask a single question," Patrick King, a Shelby Energy member/owner said, noting that the board has had copies of the proposed Members Bill of Rights for more than a year. "The overall impression was not negative. I think we caught their attention in a couple places. I believe they were listening."

Clean Energy Collaborative plans to continue meeting

October 25, 2013

The Clean Energy Collaborative, formed nearly three years ago when KFTC and allies stopped the coal-burning Smith plant, held its final meeting October 23 in Lexington.

The Clean Energy Collaborative passes exciting recommendations

July 25, 2013

The main goal of the Clean Energy Collaborative is to review and recommend energy efficiency and renewable energy options to the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC). KFTC is a member of this Collaborative along with EKPC, 16 local electric co-ops, and several of our allies. The Collaborative was established as a part of the process that halted the proposed Smith coal-fired power plant in Clark County three years ago.

On June 22, the Collaborative made some exciting progress by passing a set of recommendations to EKPC’s management. After coming to consensus, members of the Collaborative recommend that EKPC: