Kentucky

KENTUCKY

Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, is famous not only for its pastures, but also for its many scenic natural landscapes — lakes, rivers, and stunning smoky mountains. Home to nearly 4.5 million people and sprawling across nearly 40 thousand square miles, Kentucky is also known for its mining industry, and has thus often found itself squarely in the center of debates around climate change, energy, and economy.

While Kentucky’s average temperature did not change significantly over the past century, most areas within the state have warmed in the last twenty years, and simultaneously an increase in average rainfall. Like many other states, Kentucky’s water supply and soil health is threatened even as precipitation increases because of longer, hotter periods between rainfalls. Parched soil is less able to absorb rain, and thus the issue becomes self-perpetuating.

Warmer temperatures will also inhibit frost and extend growing seasons, and drought is expected to reduce crop yields. Kentucky residents are expected to see a rise in extreme heat from 15 days per year today to 70 by 2050. For a state ranking consistently at the bottom of the stack for health care access and quality, this is extremely concerning. Extreme heat particularly effects people who are already vulnerable to health risks, like the elderly, the chronically sick, and historically marginalized populations.

The commercial coal industry in Kentucky dates back to the early 19th century and the state continues to produce enormous amounts of coal. It is the fifth coal-producing state in the country and over 70% of electricity generated in Kentucky is coal-fired. That proportion actually indicates a decline, as coal historically contributed over 90% of Kentucky’s electricity generation, but older power plants have become too costly to maintain in recent years although some of those plants now burn natural gas. Hydroelectric dams produced about 6% of the state’s energy in 2019.

Kentucky established The Climate Action Plan Council which submitted a report in 2011, which has not been updated since 2013. In the absence of continued state-wide action, Louisville, Kentucky’s biggest city, created its own action plan. It joined the 100 Resilient Cities Network and set forth a number of initiatives which not only work to curb emissions but also to help residents adapt to a changing climate and mitigate inequities resulting from climate change consequences. Critics say Louisville’s plan isn’t ambitious enough, as cutting emissions by 80% by 2050 still leaves Louisville falling short of emissions reductions that, according to the United Nations, are necessary to stave off the worst effects of climate change.

In April, 2021 Louisville entered a partnership with the NREL to help them map out a roadmap to reach their goals.

Kentucky STEAM Academy students walk out to bring awareness to climate change

CURRENT NEWS

Kentucky’s first-ever utility-scale wind turbine will come online soon

By Liam Niemeyer 01/16/24
Kentucky’s largest utility has built what it says is the state’s first utility-scale wind turbine in an effort to test the potential of wind energy.
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The risk of extreme heat in Kentucky due to climate change

By Bruce Maples 08/19/23
According to the First Street Foundation, heat is one of the main threats to Kentucky due to climate change. In the western part of the state, particularly, climate change is going to bring significant increases…
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The Flooding in Kentucky Is Getting Worse Because of Climate Change— Here’s Why

By Eva Hagan 08/17/23
Frequent storms and torrential rain has led to severe flash flooding in parts of Kentucky, with some neighborhoods and streets underwater in just a few hours. In 2022, the state saw record rain and devastating…
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Ky. Legislature has ignored ‘right to healthy environment’ bill that sparked Montana climate case

By Ryan Van Velzer 08/16/23
In the first ruling of its kind in the U.S., attorneys for the 16 plaintiffs, ranging in age from six to 22, focused arguments on their clients’ constitutional right to a “clean and healthful environment."
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The risk of flooding in Kentucky due to climate change

By Bruce Maples 08/16/23
As we’ve seen recently, climate change can cause precipitation to “bunch up” and rain or snow in large amounts in a short period of time. Factors such as property level, proximity to rivers or bodies…
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Ky. governor’s reelection gambit: The climate ‘dog whistle’

By Adam Aton 07/24/23
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear stood in front of a crowd last fall to herald a new natural gas pipeline — and to tout his state’s popularity among what he called the “biggest companies on planet…
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‘Climate change’ is becoming ‘climate crisis.’ And Kentucky isn’t ready.

By Bruce Maples 07/20/23
For anyone not locked into a climate-denial bubble, it’s pretty apparent that climate change is happening all around us. And in some ways, that “change” has moved to “crisis.”
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These governors said no thanks to federal climate money

By Maxine Joselow 07/19/23
Four states have quietly rejected millions of dollars in federal climate funding from last year’s landmark climate law, the Inflation Reduction Act.
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Flooding Hits American Towns Far From Oceans and Big Rivers

By Arian Campo-Flores and Cameron McWhirter 06/19/23
In nearly four decades living here, Kasey Wright had never seen the North Fork of the Kentucky River flood her neighborhood at the water’s edge. Then last July, thunderstorms unleashed a deluge, sending a torrent…
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This part of Kentucky is the most worried about climate change

By Stacker 05/09/23
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.0%
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Why Kentucky Is Dead Last for Wind and Solar Production

By James Bruggers and Dan Gearino 03/31/23
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Andy McDonald recalls a decade-old Kentucky legislative hearing on an energy diversification bill with the same sense of frustration that he felt back then, when he testified before a panel of lawmakers who were…
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Kentucky floodwaters receded six months ago. For many, the crisis goes on.

By Brady Dennis 03/22/23
Months after the floods, some are living in state parks and debris hangs in trees. As more Americans are displaced from climate disasters, Kentucky shows the added difficulties when they strike in rural areas....
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Fossil fuels failed Kentucky utility customers during winter blackouts

08/31/23
Temperatures on Dec. 23 reached negative 8 degrees in Louisville and with the wind chill they exceeded -30 degrees. Pipes burst in homes all over the city. High winds and heavy snow canceled tens of…

Utility case influencing the future of Kentucky electricity generation kicks off

08/22/23
LG&E/KU plan to retire nearly a third of their coal generation by 2028. They want to replace it with a combination of natural gas, solar and battery storage. At the end of the hearing, utility…

Nucor’s Solar Energy Agreement Drives Kentucky’s Clean Energy Development

08/08/23
Nucor announced a purchase agreement for 250 megawatts of renewable energy from Sebree Solar, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, and the collaboration coincides with the launch of a two-phase solar project, Sebree Solar, in…

Electricity grid operator warns Kentucky of possible energy supply crunch

08/04/23
That operator, PJM, provides wholesale electricity to utilities in 13 states in the Northeast, including about half of Kentucky. PJM Vice President Asim Haque spoke to Kentucky’s Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on…

Duke Energy Unveils Kentucky’s Largest Utility-Scale Rooftop Solar Site at Amazon Air Hub

08/03/23
Duke Energy customers in Northern Kentucky are benefiting from additional clean, renewable solar energy as a result of a new utility-scale rooftop solar project now generating power for area homes and businesses.

Historic coal mine to become ‘Kentucky’s largest renewable power project’

07/31/23
The Starfire Coal Mine used to produce enough energy for Kentucky and beyond, but it is now being reclaimed to produce a different type of energy. The BrightNight Starfire Renewable Energy Center will be Kentucky’s…

Solar is a bright spot amid Kentucky’s fossil-driven energy portfolio

07/28/23
The Texas-based Ashwood Solar broke ground Thursday on Kentucky’s largest solar installation to date, covering some 250 acres in Lyon County with enough solar panels to generate electricity for tens of thousands of homes.

Amazon’s Kentucky solar initiative brings new meaning to renewable energy

07/26/23
Amazon is spearheading the next renewable energy initiative in Kentucky. Amazon has a total of five solar energy projects in Kentucky, the latest being a new rooftop unit at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and…

‘Kentucky’s largest renewable power project’: Former coal mine to be turned into renewable energy site

07/26/23
We really hope that lots of people see this, lots of companies, lots of industries and try to put together these upstream, downstream partnerships, relationships like what we’ve done with BrightNight and build that type…

BrightNight, Rivian and The Nature Conservancy Unite to Transform Starfire Coal Mine into Kentucky’s Largest Renewable Power Project

07/25/23
Starfire Mine, formerly one of the largest coal mines in the United States, will be the new site of a solar energy center. The announcement was made today by global renewable power producer BrightNight CEO…

Coal’s Dying Light: Kentucky’s slow walk toward renewable energy

07/21/23
Utility executives in Kentucky are planning the future of electricity generation in the warmth of coal’s dying light.

Kentucky’s largest utility tests new law creating barrier to retire fossil fuel plants

05/16/23
Republican lawmakers in Kentucky, raising concerns that planned and ongoing retirements of coal-fired power plants could affect the reliability and resilience of the electric grid, passed a new law that creates an extra barrier for…

Community solar project coming to coal country

05/15/23
A Kentucky electric cooperative retained the services of Solar Energy Solutions to install a 187 kW community solar garden for Frankfort residents and local businesses.

Stanley Black & Decker 100% renewable energy powered in Kentucky

05/04/23
Stanley Black & Decker, the venerable tool manufacturer founded in 1843, unveiled a 4.3 MW solar farm in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, said to be the state’s largest privately funded on-site solar project. Completed by Castillo Engineering…

LG&E And KU Energy Becomes First Green Energy Partner Of Churchill Downs

04/28/23
LG&E and KU Energy have partnered with Churchill Downs to become the first Green Energy partner of the Kentucky Derby.

US storage outfit opens Kentucky gigafactory

03/28/23
The site will become the company’s manufacturing plant for its Energy Storage Vessels, the second generation of its large-format battery technology enabling more scalable configurations, including for large-scale renewable energy storage.

Arvato Supply Chain Solutions operates additional sites in the USA with green electricity

03/07/23
Arvato Supply Chain Solutions has switched the energy supply of five more distribution centers in the USA to green electricity from wind and solar energy. Following the warehouse in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, four distribution centers…

Why Frankfort, Kentucky, Set A 2023 Clean Energy Goal

03/05/23
In October 2021, the city of Frankfort, Kentucky, set a very accelerated and ambitious clean energy goal: to supply 100% clean, renewable electricity to city government operations by the end of 2023.

Mayor Greenberg’s Office of Sustainability launches Solar Over Louisville Campaign with the KYSES and LSC

03/02/23
Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, the Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KYSES) and the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) today announced the official launch of the Solar Over Louisville solarize campaign and named Solar Energy Solutions (SES) and…

The U.S. Has Billions for Wind and Solar Projects. Good Luck Plugging Them In

By Brad Plumer 02/23/23
Plans to install 3,000 acres of solar panels in Kentucky and Virginia are delayed for years. Wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota have been abruptly canceled. And programs to encourage Massachusetts and Maine residents…

Synthica Energy shares plans for renewable natural gas plant in Bullitt County

02/06/23
Synthica Energy is building a site off Preston Highway and Interstate 65 in Lebanon Junction. The 40-acre industrial site is expected to be the largest facility in Kentucky to process bourbon distillery and food waste…

Some Kentuckians push their power supplier to prioritize greener energy over coal

02/06/23
Bill Conn was thinking of his two children when he wrote an email in December to the Kentucky Public Service Commission, the state agency that regulates more than 1,000 utilities.

Fleming County Judge-Executive expresses concern over industrial solar

04/06/22
The Biden administration’s proposed decarbonization goals have created a strong push for renewable energy and some local residents are fighting back against the encroachment of “green” technology into farmlands that have always been used to…

Solar Alliance begins construction 500-kW utility solar project for LG&E and KU

04/06/22
Solar Alliance Energy Inc. is pleased to announce it has commenced construction on a 500-kilowatt solar project in Kentucky for Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, regulated utilities that serve more than…

As coal mining comes to end, this East Kentucky land is set to house renewable energy project

03/22/22
As coal continues to be mined at a Bell County site, a portion of the land will become home to a renewable energy project that would provide thousands of jobs and generate electricity for the…

Kentucky utility adds more solar as Solar Shares Program gains customers

03/14/22
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company begin construction on fifth section of solar facility that, when complete, will provide 4MW of electricity to Solar Share subscribers.

Solar Over Louisville: New program encourages renewable energy

02/18/22
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Sustainability Council announced the Solar Over Louisville campaign Friday. It’ll give families in the area more collective buying power to get discounted wholesale rates for solar panel installation…

Louisville activists call on utilities, regulators to act on climate change

01/25/22
Louisville Metro passed a resolution in 2020 to make city government operations 100% renewable by 2035. But the city’s utility, Louisville Gas & Electric, has other plans.

Kentucky Coal Mine Will Become Giant “Water Battery” Energy Storage Project

01/10/22
Whelp, that was fast. No sooner does the Ford Motor Company put Kentucky on the clean tech map for EV battery manufacturing, when along comes the leading hydropower company Rye Development with a proposal to…

The sun shines bright on Kentucky: New solar facility to provide sustainable energy to UofL and other organizations

10/29/21
The University of Louisville is part of new power agreements between the Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company to provide more renewable energy options. As part of this ongoing commitment, the planned…

City enters partnership with National Renewable Energy Laboratory to meet 100% renewable goals

04/22/21
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville Metro Government (LMG) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to chart a course in meeting the city’s 100% renewable-energy goals. The…

Kentucky Climate Action Plan

08/14/20
Final Report of the Kentucky Climate Action Plan Council.

KEY RESOURCES

Kentucky State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/21/21
Bordered on the north by the Ohio River, Kentucky stretches from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the flood plain of the Mississippi River in the west. In between, the rolling hills of the…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Kentucky

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Kentucky experienced two floods, three severe storms, and one freeze. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

Kentucky’s Climate Threats

08/14/20
Kentucky is facing a dramatic rise in heat wave days in the coming decades, from about 15 per year today, to as many as 70 a year by 2050.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Kentucky

07/31/20
Kentucky is Vulnerable to Climate Change

What Climate Change Means for Kentucky

07/13/20
Kentucky’s climate is changing. Although the average temperature did not change much during the 20th centur y, most of the commonwealth has warmed in the last 20 years.

Trading coal for renewable energy would create jobs in Kentucky, group says

05/05/20
Greater emphasis on energy efficiency and on producing electricity from renewable sources would create thousands of jobs in Kentucky, reduce electricity bills and help improve the health of residents by cutting pollution, according to a…

Kentucky Won’t Escape Human-Driven Climate Change, Federal Report Warns

05/05/20
The report is notably blunt: The climate is changing faster than at any point in modern civilization and the responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of mankind. The White House issued the report on Black…

Recurrence intervals based on the historical frequency

05/05/20
Descriptive information and historical data highlighting aspects of Kentucky’s climate.

What climate change means for Kentucky

05/05/20
Since Kentucky is an inland state, many people assume climate change is not a big concern. Nothing could be further from the truth. The United States Environmental Protection Agency issued an article stating key concerns…

Sustainable Energy Solutions

05/05/20
Energy efficiency -Taking action to reduce energy use, including doing things as simple as replace traditional lightbulbs with CFL bulbs that use less energy. At a minimum, increasing energy efficiency could meet all of the…

Kentucky Green And Healthy Schools

05/05/20
Through this program, a team of students, teachers, and school administrators (a "Green Team") work together to improve the school facilities in nine different categories. For more information on the different categories, visit the Program…

Lobby your legislators about Sustainable Energy

05/04/20
Along with our partners in the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance (KySEA), we support the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, expanding Kentucky's net metering law, and expanding energy efficiency and renewable energy in our schools, called the…

MORE NEWS

Kentucky PSC limits utility rate increase and protects rooftop solar – for now

01/15/21  
Last summer and fall, KFTC members and our allies fought back hard when Kentucky Power — a monopoly utility serving more than 100,000 households in eastern Kentucky — proposed to sharply raise rates in the…
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New solar farm now online at Eastern Kentucky University

By Adam Burniston   01/06/21  
A new solar farm just recently went online at Eastern Kentucky University, providing clean renewable energy to some campus buildings. The solar farm on the corner of Kit Carson Drive and Lancaster Avenue is one…
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Kentucky Transportation, Finance Cabinet Upgrade Roadway Lighting with LEDs

12/30/20  
“Modernizing our roadway lights with more efficient and longer lasting LEDs is a win-win strategy to stretch taxpayer dollars, improve roadway visibility and reduce the number of maintenance-related lane closures,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray.
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Kentucky Power awaits state commission action on net metering reform proposal

By Kim Riley   11/25/20  
The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday finished an eight-day formal hearing on Kentucky Power Company’s net metering rate reform filing.
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Voices Of 100%: Louisville’s Clean Energy Pledge Takes On Multiple Crises

By John Farrell   11/20/20  
Where do local climate and clean energy goals lie in the priority list, when the COVID-19 induced economic crisis and the crisis of racial inequality are so pressing?
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Formal hearings get under way on Kentucky Power’s net metering reform request

By Kim Riley   11/17/20  
State regulators this week began a series of formal hearings on a first-of-a-kind filing by Kentucky Power Company, which seeks net metering rate reform.
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Pioneering in renewable energy: college installs Solar Smartflower

By Lane Ball   11/16/20  
Rooftop solar panels are a fairly common sight these days, as are solar arrays. Now, a new wave of solar energy products have made their way to eastern Kentucky. At the Ashland Community and Technical…
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Louisville Among New Entrants on CDP’s Annual ‘A-List’ Cities Ranking

By Kate Zerrenner   11/16/20  
Today CDP released its latest list of “A cities” — cities around the world that are leaders in environmental action. To make the grade, a city must have, among other things, conducted a city-wide emissions inventory, set an…
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Kentucky Power Seeks To Devalue Rooftop Solar, Raise Rates In Eastern Kentucky

By Ryan Van Velzer   11/09/20  
In the first case of its kind, an eastern Kentucky utility has asked regulators to diminish the value of the renewable energy that rooftop solar customers add to the electric grid.
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From immigration to health care, how will a Biden presidency impact Kentucky?

By Chris Kenning   11/07/20  
From immigration and the economy to health care and LGBTQ rights, President-elect Joe Biden promises to bring significant changes to Kentuckians — even as he faces the potential of a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate intent on obstructing him.
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Commercial Chiller Plant Energy Savings in Kentucky

10/18/20  
Our GREENandSAVE Staff is always on the lookout for cost-effective energy savings to help businesses in Kentucky become more sustainable. The Energy Intelligence Center has developed some excellent Chiller Plant Energy Savings ranging from 15% to 40% via…
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Mayor proclaims today Energy Efficiency Day in Louisville

10/07/20  
Mayor Greg Fischer proclaimed today Energy Efficiency Day in Louisville, saying the global climate crisis is also a health issue. “Climate change is a global health crisis, and as we have seen with the COVID-19…
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Kentucky’s climate is changing. Will its politics?

By Andrew McCormick   09/25/20  
April 15. That’s the traditional frost-free date in Schochoh, the small community in south-central Kentucky, where Sam Halcomb and his family own and operate Walnut Grove Farms.
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Kentucky’s climate is suffering. Can the state slip the industry ties that prevent change?

By Andrew McCormick   09/24/20  
April 15. That’s the traditional frost-free date in Schochoh, the small community in south-central Kentucky, where Sam Halcomb and his family own and operate Walnut Grove Farms. Before then, the soft red winter wheat that…
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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Mitigating and Preparing for Climate Change

08/14/20  
The impacts of climate change are being experienced in Louisville with more intense heat waves, bigger storms, and increased flooding. These changes affect all sectors of our communities, including human health, natural resources, infrastructure, emergency…
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1,700-acre solar-energy farm proposed to be built on Henderson-Webster county line

By Chuck Stinnett   05/27/20  
A nearly 1,700-acre solar-energy farm — which would be the largest in Kentucky — is proposed to be developed on the Henderson-Webster county line to generate power for Big Rivers Electric Corp., the Henderson-based power…
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Ky Coal Association: Renewable Energy Is Not Reliable And Shouldn’t Be Subsidized

By Tyler White   05/27/20  
As the federal government contemplated how to help people hurt by the pandemic and lockdown, the renewable energy industry was scrambling behind the scenes to use the COVID-19 rescue package to extend something called the…
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Dept. of Energy announces $450K in grants for Kentucky

05/22/20  
U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced Thursday that the Department of Energy (DOE) will award 256 grants totaling $53 million to 211 small businesses in 35 states and the District of Columbia. These awards…
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Knoxville City Council on Climate and Energy: Amelia Parker

By Brady Watson   05/22/20  
Amelia Parker was sworn in as a City Council member At-Large, seat C on Dec. 21, 2019. Her current term ends in December of 2023.
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Kentucky PSC approves LG&E/KU to provide solar power to Toyota and Dow

By Chris Galford   05/13/20  
Under new renewable power agreements (RPA) approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) this week, the Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) will be able to provide solar power…
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Energy and Environment announces $600,000 in program grants

05/13/20  
Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced Wednesday more than $600,000 in U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program (SEO) grants will support Kentucky education, reduce the energy burden…
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Ky. must step up renewable energy

05/04/20  
Charles Snavely, a coal company executive for 35 years before Gov. Matt Bevin made him secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, also said that the cabinet is working with companies to develop renewable energy…
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Kentucky town saw 55 PERCENT reduction in air pollution after local coal plant closed

Michael Thomsen   04/16/20  
A new study shows a major decrease in air pollution and hospitalizations due to respiratory conditions following the closure of a coal burning power plant in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Asthma Hospitalizations Dropped after Louisville Power Plants Retired Coal or Installed Better Emission Controls

By Tim Paul   04/13/20  
After four Louisville, Kentucky, coal-fired power plants either retired coal as their energy source or installed stricter emission controls, local residents’ asthma symptoms and asthma-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits dropped dramatically, according to research…
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Louisville Is Kentucky’s First City To Commit To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

By Gina-Marie Cheeseman   02/26/20  
Louisville became Kentucky’s first city to pledge to use only renewable energy by 2035 for municipal operations and community-wide by 2040. It is the 160th city nationwide to make this commitment.
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First Kentucky City Commits to 100% Renewable Energy

02/07/20  
For nearly 10 years, Louisville has made steady progress towards reducing its carbon footprint. In 2016, Mayor Fischer signed the Global Covenant of Mayors, thereby committing to cut emissions and prepare for climate change impacts.…
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Louisville Leaps Toward Renewable Energy Future

By Ryan Van Velzer   02/07/20  
Moments after Metro Council voted in support of a resolution to reach 100 percent renewable energy for the city of Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer announced the next steps.
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Corporate renewable demand prompts coal-heavy Kentucky utilities to build solar

By Bill Estep   01/24/20  
“As we continue to evolve with our customers’ increased demands for renewable energy, we are partnering with them to create customized solutions, as we’ve done in this case, to help them grow and prosper in…
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You won’t believe where Kentucky ranks among worst states for climate change in this study

By Sarah Ladd   01/13/20  
If you came to Kentucky from a coastal state hoping to put off feeling the effects of climate change, you have our deepest sympathies.
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A Decade Of Climate Science Denial From Ky. House Energy Chairman

By Ryan Van Velzer   01/08/20  
The Republican lawmaker from Providence has chaired the House Natural Resources and Energy committee for 20 out of the last 21 years. The committee is responsible for legislation including forestry, mining, flood control, public utilities…
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Climate Change In Kentucky: ‘One Home Came Floating Down The River’

By James Bruggers   11/27/19  
The tranquil scene belies the devastation the creek delivered one night a decade ago as heavy rain fell on soggy soil and thousands of acres of nearby strip mines. Witnesses spoke of awakening in the…
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Is Louisville’s Plan To Reduce Carbon Emissions Ambitious Enough?

By Ryan Van Velzer   11/14/19  
The Trump administration formally announced last week that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, thrusting the burden to act against climate change upon cities like Louisville.
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‘Show Your Stripes’ Reveals A Century Of Kentucky’s Climate Change Story

By Ryan Van Velzer   06/24/19  
The stripes kind of look like those old packs of Fruit Stripe bubble gum. Each stripe represents a year. The colors, shaded from cool navy to scarlet, indicate annual average temperatures.
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Researchers Say Even In Kentucky, There’s A Path To A Carbon-Free Future

By Ryan Van Velzer   05/20/19  
At least two coal-fired power plants are expected to close in Kentucky this year and another two are expected to close in 2020. With each retirement, residents will have to decide how they want to…
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Kentucky: Coal Miners fighting for renewable energy

05/19/19  
Coal miners from one of the centres of historic militancy of the U.S. trade union movement organising to end coal and move to renewable energy.
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Northern Kentucky at the forefront of switching to clean, renewable energy

By Russ Brown   03/15/19  
Kentucky is below the national average for overall electrical rates, Melnykovych said, because the majority of its power is still generated by coal-fired plants that are economically efficient. As for natural gas, a PSC news…
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In the heart of coal country, state officials bet on renewable energy

By Zachary Basu   07/18/17  
If true, they are coming back at the same time that solar energy and a new kind of mining — for raw ingredients used in the tech industry — are coming to coal country. Some…
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