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  1. Renewable Energy in Kentucky Possibilities and Policies

  2. Kentuckians use a lot of energyand bills are rising! • KY homes use 1,150 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month • Half of Kentucky’s 89,000 GW-hour annual usage is industrial • Energy bills have risen 41% over the last 5 years and are expected to rise at least 25% more by 2015

  3. It is time for Kentucky to transition to clean, affordable and sustainable energy solutions • Create local jobs and grow Kentucky’s economy • Save money for Kentucky’s families, farms and businesses • Improve Kentuckians’ health and environment • Build on Kentucky’s clean energy momentum

  4. Kentucky’s Clean Energy Potential • Energy Efficiency • Hydropower • Solar • Wind Energy • Biomass

  5. How do we evaluatewhat is feasible? Local Expertise & Workforce Technology Access to Capital Siting Issues Public Policy Transmission Uncertainty

  6. Kentucky’s Clean Energy Potential Energy Efficiency

  7. What Is Energy Efficiency? Transitioning to renewable energy begins with improved energy efficiency

  8. What do we know about KY’sEnergy Efficiency potential? • “Improved energy efficiency could meet all of the growth in [Kentucky’s] energy demand predicted by 2017.” • Over 10 years, cumulative energy savings would be equivalent to power from three 500 Megawatt power plants • A recent study showed that with significant efficiency investments, Kentucky could: • Cut residential energy costs by $240/yr on average • Save retail establishments $18,000/yr on average

  9. Energy Efficiency SavesMoney and Energy Drucilla’s Story: • New windows, doors & insulation, Energy Star appliances • Even with loan payment, monthly expenses are lower • Improved quality of life

  10. Energy Efficiency Investments Create Jobs The 2010 report by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance found that by 2020, energy efficiency could • Reduce energy bills by $41 billion • Moderate electricity rate increases • Create 380,000 new jobs • Grow the region’s economy by $1.23 billion

  11. Kentucky’s Clean Energy Potential Hydroelectric Power

  12. What is Hydroelectric Power? Mother Ann Lee Hydro plant on the Kentucky River near Harrodsburg

  13. What do we know about KY’s hydro-power potential? Adding this would more than double KY's current hydro generation! 887 Megawatts potential at existing dams

  14. Lynch Hydro Plan • Using outflow from sewage treatment plant as hydro power • 14 MW potential

  15. Kentucky’s Clean Energy Potential Solar Power

  16. What Is Solar Power? Three Types: • Solar Thermal • Solar Photovoltaic (“PV”) • Concentrating Solar

  17. What do we know about solar hot water potential in KY? • A solar hot water system can provide 50-80% of a household’s annual water heating needs • A system can pay for itself in 5-9 years at today’s energy prices in Kentucky

  18. What can we say about solar PV potential in KY? Residential PV installation in Lewis County KY Kentucky’s solar resources are better than Germany’s, which has the greatest amount of installed solar capacity in the world

  19. Commercial PV Installation The Green Building in Louisville

  20. Solar Energy InvestmentsCreate Jobs! • 1 MW capacity installed = 20 manufacturing jobs and 13 installation/maintenance jobs • Solar employs over 50,000 in Germany, expected to be 100,000 by 2012 • Tennessee: 1000 solar jobs • Ohio: 1500 solar jobs

  21. Kentucky’s Clean Energy Potential Wind Power

  22. What is Wind Power? • Small Scale Potential • Large (Utility) Scale Potential

  23. What do we knowabout KY’s wind potential? • 3 years ago, data showed that KY had 34-60 MW of utility scale wind • New wind maps show 48,000 MW of utility scale wind (between 25% and 30% capacity factor at 100 meters)

  24. Russell Area Technology Center near Ashland • Dedicated in 2008, the 60-foot wind turbine is just one part of Russell ATC’s plan to reduce energy cost by 25% in one year

  25. Kentucky’s Wind Resources • Benham Spur of Black Mtn • High potential site (2 MW)

  26. Wind Power InvestmentsCreate Jobs • Ohio: 80,000 new jobs – 7,500 directly employed and the rest in wind manufacturing businesses • Indiana: Nearly 400,000 job growth potential from existing and future wind power generation

  27. Kentucky’s Clean Energy Potential Biomass Power

  28. What can we say aboutbiomass potential in KY? • KY has significant biomass and biofuels resources • There are ecological concerns

  29. There is broad consensus that… • Energy Efficiency is Kentucky’s cheapest, most abundant source of new energy • Kentucky has the opportunity over the next 20 years to significantly expand in-state renewable generation –especially hydro, wind, biomass, and solar • Diversifying our energy mix will reduce risk for KY’s ratepayers and utilities over the next 20 years

  30. What are we doing well? • Net Metering • House Bill 1 (2007) and House Bill 2 (2008) • Government-Led Initiatives • Stimulus Funds

  31. What do we still need to do? Local Organizing EKPC Collaborative Co-op Reform Advocacy with the Attorney General PSC Reform Public Policy Berea Solar Farm HowSmart Individual Action

  32. Why policy solutions?

  33. Invest in Energy Efficiency In 2007, Kentucky spent just 50 cents per person on energy efficiency!

  34. Pass a Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS)

  35. Establish Feed-In Tariffs Hi, I’m Holly and I have a wind turbine on my farm. Holly’s wind turbine generates more electricity than she can use. So, the extra electricity goes back into the grid. Having guaranteed rates so I could know how much money I would earn made it all possible! Thanks KySEA! Yah! We can buy this extra electricity from Holly to meet our REPS goal. And, Holly says… Utility company sends a check to Holly based on FIT rates for her wind energy Utility Company Guy

  36. What Can I Do? • Tell your legislator to support The Clean Energy Opportunity Act for a sustainable energy future for Kentucky and the growth of good jobs • Lobby in Frankfort for clean energy with KFTC • Present this PowerPoint to your church or community group • Get together with folks in your community to educate yourselves on these issues

  37. It is time for Kentucky to transition to clean, affordable, and sustainable energy solutions • Create local jobs and grow Kentucky’s economy • Save money for Kentucky’s families, farms, and businesses • Improve Kentuckians’ health and environment • Build on Kentucky’s clean energy momentum

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