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American Electric Power sees the light

May 29, 2012


American Electric Power made big news today about what to do with its Big Sandy coal-burning power plant located in Louisa, Kentucky. 

This morning, the New York Times published a front page article about the debate over the future of that plant. By late this afternoon, AEP announced that it will scrap plans to sink about $1 billion into the pollution control equipment necessary to keep operating that plant.

Clean Energy Collaborative Passes First Recommendations

February 2, 2012

EKPC Clean Energy Collaborative Meeting -- January 31, 2012

As part of our work around clean energy and transition, KFTC participates in a Clean Energy Collaborative that held its first meeting of the new year on January 31 in Richmond.

The collaborative was formed in 2010 when KFTC and allies succeeded in convincing East Kentucky Power Cooperative to abandon plans for a new coal-burning power plant in Central Kentucky. In addition to KFTC and EKPC, the collaborative includes other public interest groups, the Attorney General's office, and all 16 of EKPC's distribution co-ops. The group has a two-year charge to study renewable energy and energy efficiency options and present proposals to EKPC.

Great video about energy efficiency program in EKY

January 25, 2012

Here is a great example of what New Power looks like in Kentucky!

Check out this video from our friends at Appalshop. It features a new program called How$mart

that makes energy efficiency upgrades affordable and doable for customers of rural electric co-ops in eastern Kentucky. The video describes how the Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative is helping its customers in Floyd and Johnson counties save money by saving energy.

"Good Energy" at KFTC's New Energy & Transition Committee Meeting

December 6, 2011

New Energy & Transition Committee Meeting

"It was exciting to see these different areas of KFTC work for a better, more sustainable future brought together."

       - Mimi Pickering

Fifteen KFTC members from across Kentucky, from Bowling Green to Whitesburg and Louisa to Louisville, gathered in Lexington to begin providing leadership for KFTC's New Energy and Transition work, which includes our rural electric co-op reform, sustainable energy policy and organizing and Appalachian Transition campaigns.

Kentucky Deserves Better - Help Us Tell Rep. Hal Rogers on October 14

October 4, 2011

We are Kentuckians. We want some basic things for ourselves good jobs, clean water and air, and safe and healthy families. We want adequate, honest, and transparent government. These basic things aren't much, but they're much more than Congressman Hal Rogers has delivered.

Policies that will shape our future are being debated in Congress, and Rep. Rogers has a powerful role in shaping those polices. Rogers represents Kentucky's 5th District of eastern and south-central Kentucky. As the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Rogers is one of the most powerful politicians in Washington. Yet, his district and Kentucky as a whole rank at or near the bottom of the nation in many important quality of life indicators.