New Energy and Transition News

Climate change pushes LG&E's parent company to slash coal-burning in Kentucky

February 7, 2018
The Courier-Journal

The parent of Kentucky's two large utilities – LG&E and KU – has ordered a major reduction in emissions blamed for global warming by eliminating "the bulk" of its coal-burning in the coming years. 

Against energy subsidies? Lawmakers complaining about solar should dig into this.

February 9, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

If legislators want to complain about solar subsidies, maybe they need to take a fresh look at coal subsidies. Commission an independent economist to add up all the costs and benefits to the state budget of coal, gas, oil, solar and other energy technologies and compare them. If we’re going to subsidize anything, maybe it should be the future and not the past.

Kentuckians speak up against anti-solar House Bill 227

February 5, 2018 at 05:33pm

H.B. 227, proposed by GOP lawmakers early in January 2018, would smash Kentucky's independent solar businesses and shatter our opportunity to create a thriving clean energy economy. Here are reflections from Kentuckians on why this bill would lead our state away, not towards, the bright future and just transition that we deserve.

Will GOP let utilities crush solar (and 1,200 jobs) in Kentucky? This could get ugly.

February 5, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

You would think after the sexual harassment scandal involving former Speaker Jeff Hoover and three other colleagues, House Republicans would not want to bring more embarrassment upon themselves. But you would be wrong.

Solar bill committee gets three new members, raising charges of 'vote packing'

February 2, 2018
The Courier-Journal

A committee in Frankfort that has so far failed to take any votes on a controversial bill to curb solar power in Kentucky will be getting three new members — two Republicans and a coal-country Democrat.

Questions of vote packing immediately surfaced.

Solar power in Kentucky is threatened. This is who's behind the push to crush it

February 2, 2018
The Courier-Journal

A national "consumer" group is working with Frankfort lawmakers, making phone calls to their constituents and urging Kentuckians to support a bill that would roll back incentives for solar power.

But who are they?

Members speak out to protect climate, clean energy jobs

December 11, 2017 at 12:13pm

In the final week of November, KFTC members Russell Oliver, Stanley Sturgill, Henry Jackson, Teri Blanton, Roger Ohlman, Mary Dan Easley and Mary Love converged in Charleston, West Virginia – alongside hundreds of other concerned people – to testify to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against the agency’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

“Now that we have cleaner, safer and cheaper ways to generate energy, the only question should be: how can we create more of those new jobs right here and right now in Appalachia? I know this because not only have I lived it, I’m still trying my best to keep living it,” said Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, a retired coal miner and KFTC member.

KFTC members travel to D.C. to lobby for the RECLAIM Act

October 24, 2017 at 05:22pm

 

Hattie, Larry, Sarah, and Judge Executive Jim Ward meet with Megan Bell and Jake Johnson of Congressman Hal Rogers' Staff

 

This October, KFTC members Sarah Bowling, Larry Miller and Hattie Miller spent time in Washington, D.C. lobbying their congresspeople to pass the 2017 RECLAIM Act.

Larry is a retired coal miner from western Kentucky. “I worked underground for 23 years and very proud of that work,” he said.

“I believe, however, that coal will never again be Kentucky's primary economic engine. I am concerned that investments in mining operations here will eventually end. I take no pleasure in saying that, because I made a good living in coal for a long time, but it just looks like a reality to me.

Waking up to the boom in cheaper natural gas

September 14, 2017
The Courier-Journal

Moving away from natural gas might sound radical, but it’s not unrealistic – and there are promising ways to work toward that goal in Kentucky.

Laura Greenfield receives national youth warriors against poverty award

August 22, 2017 at 09:56pm

Laura Greenfield of Paris, Kentucky has been awarded the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.