Kentucky Lead Workgroup To Meet Oct. 26

The Division of Water’s Lead in Drinking Water Workgroup will meet at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2016 in Conference Room 111 at the Energy and Environment Cabinet building, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Ky.

The agenda: 

1.      Call Meeting to Order and Roll Call of Membership – Greg Heitzman

2.      Introduce Guests – Greg Heitzman

3.      Approve Minutes of August 17, 2016 – Greg Heitzman

4.      Update from EPA on Tier 1 Sampling Protocol – Peter Goodman & Tom Gabbard

5.      Presentation by Training Sub-group – Gary Larimore, George Haynes, Kelley Dearing Smith

6.      Review Sub-groups Assignments and Schedule – Greg Heitzman

7.      Review Reporting Template – Greg Heitzman

8.      Open Discussion for Workgroup

9.      Public Comment Period

10.    Next Workgroup Meeting, 1:30 PM – November 16, 2016


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Short Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook Released

The U.S. Energy Information (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information. EIA provides a wide range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices; and prepares analyses and special reports on topics of current interest. One of these special reports includes their recent Short Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook.

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Small Business Can Apply for Technical Assistance from DOE Labs

Voucher program helps bring innovative clean energy products to market

Johanna Wolfson, Technology-to-Market Director in the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) launched the pilot’s third round on October 10 at South By Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) in Austin, Texas. The pilot, part of EERE’s Lab Impact portfolio, aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to market faster by giving them access to expertise and tools at national labs.

The SBV Pilot opened its first funding round in fall 2015 and launched its second last spring. Since then, 76 small businesses from 25 states have been awarded a total of $14.7 million in vouchers.

Technology Areas

Businesses New to DOE Encouraged to Apply

For this third round, EERE hopes to increase the number of small businesses collaborating with the DOE national laboratories. As such, small businesses with little to no experience working with the DOE national laboratories are strongly encouraged to submit a Request for Assistance(RFA).

Individual vouchers range from $50,000 to $300,000 per small business and can be used to perform collaborative research or access to lab instrumentation or facilities. Companies selected must also provide a 20 percent, in-kind cost share for completing voucher work.

Businesses interested in SBV funding must be U.S.-based and U.S.-owned, with no more than 500 fulltime employees worldwide. $12 million is available for vouchers in rounds three and four. Companies have until November 10 to submit RFAs.

To learn more about the DOE labs and the process to submit a RFA, please visit the SBV website.

Incentives for Energy Efficiency And Renewable Available from U.S. Ag Department

Certain groups of Kentuckians looking to lower their energy bills can get incentives that help defray the cost of efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and loans to agricultural producers and small businesses in eligible rural areas for a wide range of renewable and energy efficiency projects. Most of the state outside of Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky qualifies as “rural.”  Available funding includes loan guarantees on loans up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs; grants for up to 25 percent of total eligible project costs; and combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs. For more information, please visit

A number of federal tax credits for residential energy efficiency measures are available through the end of the year.  These credits include new windows and doors, roofing, insulation, HVAC, water heaters and biomass stoves. More information is available here

In addition to tax credits and other incentives, homeowners can finance a new home with an energy-efficiency mortgage or cover energy-efficiency retrofits on an existing home by refinancing an existing loan.

Kentuckians can also check with their electric utility provider for any rebates and incentives they might offer.

Free Workshop to Reduce Energy, Capture Savings Announced

Free workshop for companies located in Kentucky’s eastern and western coal counties

Attend any one of the free workshops designed for business owners, facility and operations managers, engineers and anyone concerned with reducing energy costs to learn about approaches and opportunities for energy efficiency. Interact with local utility providers to learn about financial incentives and other programs for commercial and industrial entities.

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Air Permitting and Compliance Workshop Scheduled for Oct. 26 in Frankfort

The upcoming Air Permitting and Compliance Workshop, hosted by the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA), aims to assist and educate regulated facilities so they understand and can comply with their environmental regulations.  Speakers from DCA and the Division for Air Quality (DAQ) will be highlighting how to obtain an air quality permit and follow the requirements of the permit.

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Floodplains, Streams and Wetlands Compliance Workshop Held November 2


The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) is hosting a Floodplains, Streams and Wetlands Compliance Workshop to be held on Nov. 2, 2016, in Louisville. This workshop has been designed to educate attendees on key topics, programs, regulations, compliance requirements and permits associated Continue reading “Floodplains, Streams and Wetlands Compliance Workshop Held November 2”