Energy Democracy blog

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

A home with solar panels on its roof
April 10, 2019

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.

That didn’t stop KFTC and 10 other ally groups from building a strong base of pro-solar advocates to fight the progress of SB 100, introduced by Sen. Brandon Smith, every step of the way.

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

February 13, 2019

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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.

LG&E/KU rate case attempts to alter reality

An electric meter in the winter
February 1, 2019

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 utilities have pushed to compensate these solar households at only a wholesale energy rate (about one third of the compensation they receive now). This would put solar out of reach for most Kentuckians.

KFTC members continue to build New Power through the Power House workshops

November 9, 2018

Since April of this year, KFTC members across eastern Kentucky have helped host energy efficiency workshops in their communities, as part of our ongoing Power House Project. The Power House Project builds collective power by educating communities about Eastern Kentucky’s energy landscape, how we can influence it, and ways that we can lower our bills immediately through do-it-yourself weatherization strategies.

Fixing What's Broke: why Congress must support a Just Transition for miners with black lung and communities

October 21, 2018

A new report from KFTC describes ways Kentuckians are organizing to demand action from Congress – and especially from Senator Mitch McConnell – in support of a Just Transition for miners with black lung disease, retired and laid off miners, and their communities.

To build a new economy in coal communities, the report says Congress should start by "fixing what's broke," including strengthening funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, passing the RECLAIM Act, and protecting miners' pensions.

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