Kentucky at Work: Clean Energy Corps. Promoting Energy Savings, Environmental Protection, and Civic Engagement… While Creating Thousands of New Green-Collar Jobs in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Challenge: Kentucky’s Opportunity.
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Promoting Energy Savings, Environmental Protection, and Civic Engagement…
While Creating Thousands of New Green-Collar Jobs in Kentucky
Energy inefficiency in low-income housing is at the core of many of our Commonwealth’s central challenges:
The silver lining:As Governor Beshear’s comprehensive energy plan contemplates, Kentucky is presented a significant opportunity for cost savings and reduced carbon emissions since energy efficiency measures can reduce our state’s energy consumption 18% by 2025.
Each Clean Energy Corps housing project will receive:
Clean Energy CorpsEARTH DAY: April 22, 2009
On Earth Day, more than a dozen modest-income homes in seven counties received extensive energy efficiency improvements. The Clean Energy Hybrid Bus Tour reached five counties. Each bus tour site also hosted an Open House, where student volunteers who rode the bus will share “Clean Energy Kits,” filled with energy-efficient devices and user-friendly educational tips on how to save energy in their own homes.
Lexington Herald Leader’s Earth Day Editorial:“Energy Corps making a difference”
Phase One: The Pilot Program
February 26-September 1, 2009
100 modest-income homes in Central and Eastern Kentucky
Phase Two: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Funds can be spent through March 31, 2012
Goal of 10,000 homes across the Commonwealth
$72 M from Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will provide up to $6000/home for families below 200% of poverty; other ARRA and private funding sources will be sought to fully fund rehabs. Key partners: Community Action of Kentucky and Louisville Housing Department
Use formula allocations and seek competitive dollars from ARRA for public housing rehabs. Lead partners: HUD and public housing authorities
Development of revolving loan fund at Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) for low and moderate income households; loans to be repaid by families with energy savings. $2 M startup funding from ARRA State Energy Program, with additional $2M match from KHC. Pilot programs in every region of state—Key partners: utilities, cooperatives and other non-profit organizations
Phase Three: The Long Term Vision
Create sustainable model that impacts about 2,000 homes/year
Community volunteers—particularly young Kentuckians from our “Greenest Generation”—will play a critical role in the Clean Energy Corps by serving as Green Education Ambassadors, spreading the gospel of energy efficiency to families statewide.
After comprehensive training, volunteers will:
Conduct energy efficiency education programs for the modest-income homeowners participating in the Clean Energy Corps program
Host Energy Open Houses after rehab completion, so that neighbors can learn about the improvements and be given information for their own home
Work with student, neighborhood and faith-based groups to share energy savings ideas in schools, churches, and the greater community
Incorporate these ideas into their own homes, schools, and places of business and worship
And most significantly, make presentations to middle- and upper-income homeowners, sharing with them energy-savings techniques and contact information for energy auditors and green contractors, thereby dramatically stimulating demand for energy-efficiency improvement work across the stateClean Energy Corps:Volunteer Education Outreach
In Kentucky’s first comprehensive energy policy, Governor Steve Beshear set ambitious, aggressive goals for reduction of energy use in public facilities:
By 2025, facilities will reduce their energy consumption by 25%
To meet these goals, Beshear launched a comprehensive effort to reduce energy use in Kentucky’s government facilities:
“Setbacks” of building systems on nights and weekends to reduce energy consumption
“High Performance Building Standards” for new construction and renovation of public facilities
The Green Bank of Kentucky would allow worthy energy efficiency projects to compete for low-interest or no-interest loans so work could go forward that would otherwise be abandoned or delayed.
These loans will be repaid over time from the energy savings generated by the improvements, and the Green Bank will recycle the repayments to make additional loans
Startup funding: $14 M from ARRA State Energy Program dollars. Will pursue ARRA green bonding authority in 2010.
The Clean Energy Corps has launched a concerted and expedited public/private effort to train and develop a new green collar workforce:
A coalition of state officials, labor unions, community colleges and universities, area technology centers, Community Action, homebuilders, chambers of commerce, and utilities and coops, will:
Design and implement a plan to educate, train, and certify workers
Develop a new career development path for long-term work opportunities
Create a new green collarjob bank that can be accessed by:
Clean Energy Corps modest-income home projects
Private, higher-income homeowners motivated to pay for their own energy efficiency improvements
Construction and renovation projects financed by the Green Bank of Kentucky: state and local government buildings, K-12 schools, and higher ed facilitiesJob Training and Development
Develop job training and certification standards that will: expedited public/private effort to train and develop a new green collar workforce:
Empower workers with the skills and certifications necessary for work beyond the Weatherization program
Provide automatic certification to veteran workers in the field with extensive experience on Weatherization
Ensure taxpayers and private homeowners have confidence that skilled engaged in energy efficiency activity
Design apprenticeship programs to ensure a long-term career-development path for workers
Provide models for labor, higher ed, and other workforce
3. Create a “green collar” job bank to be accessed by employers, private homeowners, and government.SECRETARY’S CEC GREEN COLLAR JOB TRAINING STANDARD WORK GROUP
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