2011 Report on Kentucky Renewable Energy – American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
|Courtesy of DOE/NREL
Kentucky has Significant Distributed Renewable Energy Potential
Distributed renewable energy
systems could generate up to 34 percent of Kentucky's electricity by 2025,
finds a new report authored by Downstream Strategies. According to the report
findings this new generation would increase energy security in the state,
diversify Kentucky's energy portfolio, and curb energy costs for Kentucky
Read the full report here:
The 25x’25 Alliance has released the results of its Phase II study from the University of Tennessee that assesses the impacts of various energy-related legislative scenarios on the U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors. The study, titled Implications of Energy and Carbon Policies for Agriculture and Forestry Sectors, and undertaken at the request of 25x'25 by the University of Tennessee's Bio-based Energy Analysis Group, projects how proposed energy and carbon payment policy instruments might impact the U.S. agricultural and forestry sectors. In addition to the national findings, we have developed narratives that highlight and explain the findings of the report as it relates to electricity, economic and land use impacts at the state level.
The 25x’25 Alliance is not endorsing a Renewable Electricity Standard or any other policy tool. We are releasing this report and narratives as background information and a resource for those interested in these policy mechanisms. Should you have any questions regarding the report findings, contact information for the report authors can be found on the state narrative document. We hope that you will find the data from the report useful in your advocacy and outreach efforts.
The Kentucky Rural Energy Consortium (KREC) supports, coordinates, promotes and advances research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, practices and outreach activities of importance to Kentucky agriculture, rural communities and related industries. KREC also works to build public and private partnerships that support Kentucky's communities through the wise use of energy.
KREC recently launched an updated version of its Web site, complete with new information about KREC, links to renewable energy and energy efficiency resources in Kentucky and a regularly updated "Renewable Energy Technology at Work" section. Now the KREC community can use the Web site as a resource for news, research activities and more.
On Wednesday, November 17, 2010, the Kentucky Renewable Energy Consortium partnered with Tennessee Valley and Eastern Kentucky Wind Working Group, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence and Energizing Kentucky to host the Economic Development Forum on Renewable Energy in Kentucky. The event was held at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. The purpose of the event was to investigate how Kentucky can attract investments and create “green jobs” by developing comprehensive energy and funding strategies that will prepare its infrastructure and workforce to be ready for this global transition. Specifically, the Forum explored Economic drivers for renewable energy, Opportunities to develop Kentucky’s workforce to meet the industry’s current and future employment needs, funding and investment opportunities that a clean energy economy might provide, and challenges for businesses, utilities and energy consumers.
Chad Hellwinckel and Kimberly Jensen of the University of Tennessee’s BEAG presented the findings of the latest 25x’25 commissioned analysis and study,
Implications of Energy and Carbon Policies for Agriculture and Forestry Sectors. Chad and Kimberly gave special focus on the opportunities that a national RES would provide to the agriculture and forestry sectors in Kentucky. The 25x’25 provided attendees with copies of the state data sheets and Kentucky findings narrative.
If you would like to view the presentations from Economic Development Forum, click
An overview KREC and the outreach and technical services it provides is available by clicking here.
Kentucky Forum on Carbon Sequestration Through Agriculture & Forestry Management
KREC and Energizing Kentucky Host Carbon Forum in Louisville
KREC and Energizing Kentucky held the Kentucky Forum on Carbon Sequestration Through Agriculture and Forestry Management on September 10, 2009 at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville. The forum presented an informative and comprehensive look at carbon policy, biofuels and potential energy crops for the state. A total of 108 speakers and attendees came from six states to share information and offer their expertise on agriculture, forestry, energy, research, government, business and environmental issues.
KREC's Carbon Forum Summary is Now Available Online – NEW!
KREC has published a summary report of its September carbon forum – Carbon Sequestration Through Agriculture and Forestry Management. The summary details some of the most important issues covered at the forum, including carbon policy, biofuels and potential energy crops for Kentucky. A total of 108 speakers and attendees from six states shared information and offered their expertise on agriculture, forestry, research, government, business and environmental topics.
CONGRATULATIONS to our KREC friends, who won an award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable in Washington, DC. It's called the MVP2 award and it's for the best 2009-2010 pollution prevention publication. They won for their summary publication from the Kentucky Forum on Carbon Sequestration through Agriculture and Forestry Management. Cam Metcalf will be in DC to accept the award on Sept. 21.
You can download a complete pdf copy of the summary report (589 kB) from KREC's Web site.
Following the MVP2 Award ceremony, Cam Metcalf, Executive Director of KPPC, met with Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell to discuss the award and to update the Senator on recent KREC activities.
Below are a variety of materials providing background on current efforts underway in Kentucky in pursuit of the 25x'25 vision:
Governor Beshear forms Executive Task Force on Biomass and Biofuels Development in Kentucky
Click here to access the full report.
2006 25x'25 House Resolution – Sponsored by Rep. Tom McKee
Kentucky Legislature Sets Incentives for Biofuels and Renewable Energy (Second Extraordinary Session, 2007)
SunGrant Initiative – Kentucky Biomass and Bioenergy Overview
25x'25 Op-Ed (Appeared in Lexington Herald-Leader, October 1, 2007)
Search the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency at www.dsireusa.org
Where to Find Biofuels Pumps
E85 pumps in KY:
Biodiesel pumps in KY:
Buy Wind, Landfill gas, Hydro power:
Install Solar Power:
To find a Solar Professional in your area to design, engineer, install or service a solar system, visit this website: http://www.findsolar.com/index.php?page=findacontractor
State Partnerships and Activities
Alternative Energy Resources