Feb. 14, 2019 Webinar: Case Study on a State-PEER Partnership for Utility & Grid Resilience

As local governments and utilities across the United States look for ways to improve the sustainability and resiliency of their electricity and energy infrastructure, one state’s partnership with utilities and PEER certification for grid systems provides an example of how ambitious goals can be realized and scaled.

In 2018, the Commonwealth of Kentucky partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to drive the adoption of PEER – a certification that measures and evaluates power system performance based on resilient, reliable and sustainable practices – with the long-term goal of driving resilient energy infrastructure across the Commonwealth. Over the course of that year, PEER and the Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet worked together to build awareness of the benefits of PEER, train professionals and policy-makers, and identify projects that could become PEER certified. This innovative collaboration resulted in three Commonwealth projects achieving PEER certification – a municipal utility, a rural electrical cooperative, and Ft. Knox.

Join Kentucky Office of Energy Policy’s Kenya Stump and others in this webinar that will help you understand:
– How the partnership was formed and implemented.
– How the certifications were achieved and the value of certification for utilities.
– Ways other USGBC communities and US states can replicate the partnership and help create more resilient and sustainable electricity infrastructure.

Event address: https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed6cbea67bc11188b082486e321fae6b9

Event password: Peer2019


Division of Waste Management Seeks Grant Applications for Projects That Use Recycled Kentucky Tires

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled Kentucky tires.

The cabinet is seeking grant applications for landscaping mulch projects, walking trails, pour-in-place playgrounds, sidewalks or other surfaces, horse trailer or stall mats, tree wells or other products that use recycled Kentucky tires. 

Projects that are not eligible for grant funding include athletic field or loose crumb-rubber playground applications, tire-derived aggregate, tire-derived fuel, rubber-modified asphalt or civil engineering projects.

“This grant program encourages innovative use of recycled tires at a lower cost and with higher performance than other types of materials,” said Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely.  “We encourage applicants to apply for new and creative projects using these recycled tires.”

Grant funding comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established in 1998 by the Kentucky General Assembly to receive fees collected from new tire sales. The applicant will provide match funding equal to at least 25 percent of the project cost.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on April 1, 2019, at the Division of Waste Management’s central office in Frankfort. The application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the application to be considered. Applications can be emailed or mailed to Lisa Evans, Division of Waste Management, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY 40601.  

For more information, call Lisa Evans at 502-782-6355 or e-mail her at lisa.evans@ky.gov.   Additional information and the grant application are online at the division’s website:  http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/grants/Pages/default.aspx.

Kentucky Division of Waste Management Calls for Grant Applications

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2018) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated recycling infrastructure, including public education programs, and for composting projects and household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events. 

“These grants have been very successful in helping counties deal with their household hazardous waste, get some composting operations up and running, and most importantly developing recycling infrastructure across the state,” said Charles Snavely, Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. “Moving forward we really need to emphasize regional cooperation in Kentucky’s recycling programs, in order to capture efficiencies of scale.”

Grant funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund and is underwritten by a $1.75 per ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky’s contained landfills. Local governments, solid waste management districts, public schools, universities and colleges are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants for regional projects.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 5, 2019, or hand-delivered to  Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019. The original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be complete. Each grant requires a 25 percent local match.

For more information, contact Gary Logsdon at 502-782-6405 or by e-mail at Gary.Logsdon@ky.gov. You may also visit the division’s website at http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/grants/Pages/default.aspx.

Public Service Commission to Revamp Water Loss Reporting to Improve Accuracy and Consistency

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2018) – While most water utilities in Kentucky report water loss at close to or below 15 percent, a substantial number regularly exceed that figure, with a handful regularly reporting water loss in excess of 50 percent.

“The Commission views excessive water loss as a potential warning sign as to the financial health and well-being of jurisdictional water utilities,” the PSC said in its order. “Water loss is lost potential revenue, and excessive water loss can have many negative effects, from higher rates for consumers to the ultimate failure of a utility.”

The PSC noted that many utilities have difficulty calculating their water loss. The proposed form is intended to assist in that process, the PSC said.

Jurisdictional water utilities – water districts, water associations and investor-owned utilities – were made parties to the case and given 30 days in which to respond to the PSC’s questions. The PSC does not regulate municipal water utilities, and they are not included in the proceeding.

At the conclusion of the proceeding, the PSC will determine whether to use the reporting form as proposed or to modify it. Once a final form is issued, the PSC will revise other reporting requirements for water utilities, such as annual reports, to be consistent with the form, thus permitting easy transfer of data.

Today’s order and other records in the case are available on the PSC website, psc.ky.gov. The case number is 2018-00394.

The PSC is an independent agency attached for administrative purposes to the Energy and Environment Cabinet. It regulates more than 1,100 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities operating in Kentucky.

Oil and Gas Workgroup to meet December 17

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2018) – The OIL and GAS WORKGROUP will meet from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 in conference room 332 at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

Please arrive early so that you can be checked in.


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PSC Approves End to Most Big Rivers DSM Programs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2018) – The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized the discontinuation of nearly all demand-side management (DSM) programs conducted by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and its member distribution cooperatives.

In an order issued today, the PSC approved a request by Big Rivers, Jackson Purchase Energy Corp., and Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. (RECC) to end the programs. The utilities stated in their filing that the majority of the programs were no longer cost-effective.

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PSC Names Karen Wilson as Legislative Director

22-year veteran of state government will also advise commissioners

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2018) – Karen Wilson, a 22-year employee of Kentucky state government, has joined the staff of the Kentucky Public Service Commission as its legislative liaison and executive advisor to the commissioners.

Wilson most recently served a policy advisor in the Department of Energy Policy in the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC). She previously held several other posts in EEC and also worked in the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy.

“With her extensive experience and knowledge, Karen will be an effective liaison between the PSC and the Kentucky General Assembly,” PSC Chairman Michael Schmitt said. “This is a time of rapid change in the energy sector, and we are fortunate to have someone like Karen to both advise the commission and provide information to legislators.”

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