New Energy and Transition News

Despite grassroots power, utility money sways legislators in the solar fight

A home with solar panels on its roof
April 10, 2019 at 01:08am

Anyone who has followed the progress of Senate Bill 100, which attacked ordinary Kentuckians’ access to rooftop solar during the 2019 General Assembly, knows that this legislative session, monopoly utilities were determined to have their way.

Utility PAC donations rolled in ahead of solar industry bill fight

February 25, 2019
The Courier-Journal

Four big utility interests pumped $327,050 into the political committees of legislative candidates and the political parties during the 2018 election cycle. 

That compares with the $6,500 contributed by the tiny political action committee of Kentucky’s solar industry.

Mitch McConnell is silent on coal while Kentucky miners suffer and die

February 22, 2019
The Courier-Journal

McConnell has repeatedly failed to do right by our coal workers and communities.

Exciting! Benham$aves energy efficiency project receives $200,000 pledge

February 13, 2019 at 01:51pm

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KFTC members took part in a special called meeting of the Benham Power Board on February 12 to share the good news that an anonymous donor pledged $200,000 to support the Benham$aves Program.

At a crossroads, Ohio River agency weighs dueling proposals on role

February 4, 2019
Energy News Network
An industry-backed effort aims to end ORSANCO’s role in setting and enforcing pollution standards.

LG&E/KU rate case attempts to alter reality

An electric meter in the winter
February 1, 2019 at 05:51pm

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 Farm Bureau: Big Oil’s Unnoticed Ally Fighting Climate Science and Policy

December 21, 2018
Inside Climate News

For more than three decades, the Farm Bureau has aligned agriculture closely with the fossil fuel agenda.

Appalachian water crisis demands new revenue streams, stronger oversight

December 15, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

Personal stories of families collecting rainwater, going without laundry or bathing, and keeping children out of school seem like the stuff of a hurricane aftermath or other weather emergency — not routine life in America.

Black lung disease is still killing miners. The coal industry doesn't want to hear it

December 13, 2018
The Guardian

Today’s black lung rates are higher than 50 years ago, affecting men as young as their 30s, and in Kentucky their right to decent health care is being curtailed.