Kentucky Energy Affordability Dashboard Now Available

May 19 webinar will demonstrate dashboard capabilities

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Energy Policy (OEP) and the Kentucky Center for Statists (KYSTATS) have partnered to provide the Kentucky Energy Affordability Dashboard. This new resource allows users to access county-level data to better understand energy and water usage by households and the factors that contribute to consumption behaviors.

A tutorial to help stakeholders utilize the dashboard will be available Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Click here to register for this 30-minute webinar.

“Too often, high-energy burdens result in families choosing between keeping the lights on or paying for other basic needs such as food and prescriptions,” said Energy and Environment Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “We want to do more so our citizens don’t have to make this choice, and we hope this is one resource that can help.” 

Energy burden, the percentage of household income spent on energy bills, is one indicator of a household’s energy affordability. A high burden is defined as those households with a six percent or higher energy cost. Kentucky’s average energy burden is three percent, but can be in excess of 20 percent in some areas.  

“The data found in this tool will help state and local stakeholders analyze the complex factors that influence energy affordability in Kentucky,” said Jessica Cunningham, Ph.D., executive director of KYSTATS. “Our team was proud to collaborate for the first time with the Energy Cabinet on this project.”

The Kentucky Energy Affordability Dashboard is funded through a Kentucky’s State Energy Program grant.

For more information about the Energy and Environment Cabinet initiatives to address energy affordability in Kentucky, contact Ashley Runyon at ashley.runyon@ky.gov.   For information about the Energy Affordability Dashboard, contact KYSTATS’ Marketing and Analytics Director Jessica Fletcher at jfletcher@ky.gov.

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