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Kentucky clean energy and climate future depends on good energy policies and investment

July 02, 2021

Kentucky Herald Leader: 

The clean energy future is building momentum right here in Kentucky. During June, Kentucky’s Electric Generation and Transmission siting board approved one of the latest applications in Kentucky to construct a 100-megawatt solar facility in Madison County—one of several large-scale merchant solar projects that are being proposed for the state.

And in May, the Kentucky Public Service Commission issued a final order in Kentucky Power Company’s recent rate case, where the Commission rejected the utility’s proposed changes to “Net Metering”—the billing mechanism that allows customers with rooftop solar panels to be connected to the electricity grid and be compensated for any excess power they supply to the grid. The Commission’s order took into account multiple benefits provided by distributed solar generation to the utilities and ratepayers, establishing principles and best practices to be used for determining the value of distributed energy resources.

Corporations are increasingly seeking access to solar and homeowners are becoming more aware of the benefits of using solar on their homes. Municipalities are also investing in solar, such as Berea’s “community solar” project and Henderson’s 50 megawatt project that’s under development. “Solar installers” are in the top three of the fastest growing jobs in the country. And the demand for clean energy options to meet climate and carbon reduction goals is accelerating this change.

[ Lane Boldman ] 

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