Smart Inverter Workshop to be held on April 18

FRANKFORT, Ky. ( March 13, 2019) – Learn about the 2018 update to the IEEE 1547 standard on April 18, 2019, during the “Smart Inverter Workshop,” at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Frankfort.

This one-day, free, workshop will review the new IEEE 1547 standard and discuss how states, utilities, and industry professionals will want to consider how default settings might be applied, or whether and when it’s appropriate to deviate from default settings based on a distributed energy project’s level of interconnection review.

Engineers, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) installers, utilities, regulators, and those who are involved in DER systems are welcome to attend.

Registration is available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-smart-inverter-workshop-tickets-57712245881.  The workshop, held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is offered through a state energy program grant between IEEE and the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy.

For more information, contact Kenya Stump at the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy, 502-782-7083, or Kenya.Stump@ky.gov.

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Revised Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for bacteria-impaired surface waters gets EPA approval

FRANKFORT, Ky. ( March 7, 2019) – The Division of Water’s revised method for developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for bacteria-impaired surface waters has received the approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The division tests Kentucky waters, evaluating the water quality, biology and habitat of waters to determine if they are meeting water quality standards. Those waters that do not meet standards are considered “impaired.”  The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify impaired waters where expectations are not being met, and the state to prioritize the list of impaired waters, develop a TMDL of pollutants for those waters, and create plans to improve the water quality.

“Total Maximum Daily Load” describes the amount of a pollutant a body of water can receive and still meet water quality standards. These standards include limits for E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria that are intended to protect the health of those using surface water for swimming, wading, boating, and other recreation.

While past TMDL reports were written at the watershed scale, the recently approved Kentucky Statewide Total Maximum Daily Load for Bacteria Impaired Waters addresses all remaining bacteria-impaired waters for the state in one TMDL report. This new method will save thousands of work hours and allow the Division to more quickly address bacteria impairments in more than 400 waterways. Details about the new method and a fact sheet with more information can be found here.

Developing TMDLs has been a substantial undertaking for division personnel. The process involves spending two to three years in a watershed collecting additional samples, measurements, and data from impaired waters, then writing a detailed report of the findings. By continuing to use this process, it would have taken decades to complete the required TMDLs. The newly approved method will enable the division to meet its current obligations for bacteria TMDLs in just a few years. This reduction in work years will allow the division to otherwise use its resources to address a range of water quality issues in Kentucky.

Ultimately, the statewide bacteria TMDL will support local efforts to improve water quality by providing insight into the scope of the problem, raising public awareness of bacteria impairments, and spurring more citizens to play an active role in improving water quality.

A story map and fact sheet with more information are available at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Protection/TMDL/Pages/BactTMDL.aspx. To learn if a bacteria-impaired water exists near you, visit the Water Health Portal at https://watermaps.ky.gov/WaterHealthPortal/.

Community Resiliency Planning Workshop to be held March 20 in Bowling Green

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2019) – Join public agency experts and infrastructure professionals March 20, 2019, 12 noon to 3 p.m. central time for the “Building for Resiliency and Mitigation” workshop at the Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

This free event is hosted by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Office of Energy Policy and by the Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky’s charitable organization, BIA Cares, and is funded by a state energy program grant.

The workshop, as seen through the agenda, is offered as an add-on to the Building Science Conference and EXPO. It explores how the intentional design of our buildings, landscapes, communities and regions can reduce the human and financial consequences of catastrophic events.

There is no charge to attend but registration is required for lunch. The deadline to make a lunch reservation is March 13.

The Office of Energy Policy invites you to register for the free workshop, using the Code KOEPWorkshop.

“Our security begins with community resilience,” said keynote speaker, John Heltzel, Brigadier General, USA (Retired) and Director of Resiliency Planning for Electric Infrastructure Security, Washington, DC. “Communities are built through cooperation between the public and private sector utilizing the best available resources to prepare for, withstand, and recover from the eventual adverse situations that we know will occur…,” he said.

For more information, please contact the Office of Energy Policy, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Eileen.Hardy@ky.gov or call (502) 782-6965.

Rubber-Modified Asphalt Grant Funding Available to Counties for Road Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2019) – Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely announced today that Rubber-Modified Asphalt Grant funding will be made available to counties for road projects across the Commonwealth.

Counties can apply for funding for either chip seal or asphalt overlay projects. Chip seal is a pavement surface treatment that combines one or more layers of liquid asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate. Asphalt overlay consists of a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface.

Both of these asphalt applications contain rubber from finely ground waste tires. Depending on the application, rubber-modified asphalt can reduce road noise, increase road life and reduce long-term maintenance costs. The use of rubber modified asphalt also advances the cabinet’s goal of promoting the development of Kentucky markets for recycled waste tires and reducing the problem of illegal tire dumping.

The Cabinet will perform short-term and long-term monitoring to assess the effectiveness of the rubber-modified asphalt projects. As a condition of the grant funding, counties will agree to pay for the application of an equivalent area of conventional asphalt chip seal or overlay to allow for comparison between conventional and rubber-modified asphalt.

The money for these projects comes from the Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives $2.00 from every new tire sold in the Commonwealth. In addition to promoting the development of markets for recycled waste tires, the fund also provides monies for waste tire collection events, tire pile clean-ups, and grants for counties to manage waste tires.

Application packets will be emailed to all Kentucky counties.  For more information, call or email B. J. Bland at (502) 782-6556 or Byron.Bland@ky.gov.  You may also visit the division’s website at Grants | Recycling and Local Assistance.

 

Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission Awards Over $2 Million in Tobacco Settlement Funds to Kentucky Farms

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2019) –– The Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission has selected 403 projects to receive $2,468,051 in tobacco settlement funds for projects on Kentucky farms, the Energy and Environment Cabinet announced today.

The Soil and Water Conservation Commission is administered by the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Conservation.

The Commission has obligated more than $157 million in state cost share over the past 25 years. This money goes to Kentucky farmers to install practices on their farms that protect water quality and prevent soil erosion. Projects include practices such as livestock waterers, grassed waterways, rotational grazing establishment and cover crops.

Funds are distributed with the assistance of the 121 soil and water conservation districts across the Commonwealth.

For more information about the State Cost Share program, visit http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/StateCostShare.aspx

Applications Being Accepted for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Local Governments Program

The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced that applications are being accepted for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Local Governments Program, which helps city and county governments reduce energy consumption and benefits taxpayers through lower utility costs.

DLG administers the program with funds provided through the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC).  Applications are being accepted by DLG through February 28, 2019.  More information, and the application forms and related information are available at http://kydlgweb.ky.gov/StateGrants/16_EEC.cfm.

Registration Open for Workshop On Community Resilience Planning

In recent years, as the number of disasters increased, community resilience planning has become a crucial part of national, state, and local discussions.  To help all citizens better understand the importance of building for resilience and mitigation, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has assembled national, state and local industry leaders to address how intentional design of our buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions can reduce the human and financial consequences of catastrophic events.

What: “Building for Resiliency and Mitigation”

Where: Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green Kentucky

When: 12 noon – 3 p.m., March 20, 2019

REGISTER today using the Code KOEPWorkshop to attend this free, add-on session of the BIA Building Science Conference and EXPO.

Attendee Registration Site: https://www.regonline.com?eventID=2551028&rTypeID=1258558

Workshop Agenda

Noon – 12:45 p.m. Keynote Lunch Address – Why Plan for Resiliency? – John Wm. Heltzel, Brigadier General, USS (Retired)

12:45 – 1:00 p.m., New Madrid Seismic Zone – Southern Fault – William C. Haneberg, Ph.D., P.G., State Geologist and Director

1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Building Resilience Using Insulated Concrete Form Construction – Jill L. Smith, AIA, NCARB, President, Civic Consultants, Inc.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m., Resilience Planning in Water/Sewer Services – Bryan Tillery, Manager of Water Quality/Operations

2:30 – 3:00 p.m., Power Sector Resilience – the Co-operative Perspective – Chris Perry, President and CEOKentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives