Natural Gas to Cost Less Than a Year Ago

Energy efficiency improvements can help reduce bills, PSC says

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2018) – Kentucky residents who heat their homes with natural gas will see somewhat lower prices at the start of the 2018-2019 heating season than they did a year ago, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) advised today.

Natural gas prices have fallen, on average, about 13 percent from this time last year, and are now about 64 percent below their level ten years ago.

When base rates – which include monthly customer charges and delivery fees – are factored in, Kentucky residential customers can, on average, expect their total gas bills to be about 6 percent lower this November than last, based on heating season consumption of 10,000 cubic feet of natural gas per month. The average total bill for 10,000 cubic feet – including gas costs and base rates, but not miscellaneous charges and credits – is projected to be about $93.71.

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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presents Awards at its Conference on Energy and the Environment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presented 13 environmental awards October 12 at its annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards reflect a commitment by those honored to preserving and enhancing the Commonwealth through energy efficiency, soil conservation, mine land reclamation, farmland stewardship or innovation.

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Environmental Advocate Fitzgerald Honored, 2018 Governor’s Conference Concludes

IMG_3605.JPGTom Fitzgerald, who has spent nearly four decades advocating for those, “downhill, downwind and downstream,” as was inscribed upon his award, was the recipient of the 2018 Secretary’s Award at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented “Fitz,” as he is widely known, with the award at the conclusion of the Awards Luncheon on Friday afternoon.

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2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and Environment Wraps Day One

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Kicked off the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment with remarks about the future of Kentucky’s energy profile, environmental regulations and continuing to keep Kentucky’s environment and citizens protected.

IMG_3483Governor Matt Bevin was the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference. The governor touted his energy policies, covered cyber security, the changing energy landscape and updating the power grid. He also took questions from the audience which included a discussion on subsidizing alternative energy forms.

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Share of Natural Gas-Generated Electricity Highest Ever in Kentucky

Natural gas infrastructure plays a critical role in Kentucky. In 2017, 79 percent of Kentucky’s net electricity generation was still coal-fired, the fourth-largest share of any state, but a record 13 percent of Kentucky’s net generation was natural gas-fired.

Since 2009, both the electricity sector and industrial sectors in Kentucky have experienced increased consumption of natural gas, primarily due to production advances that resulted in lower natural gas prices.

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Building Operator Certification – Lexington Series Begins Aug. 16.

Optimize your building performance with Building Operator Certification

In an effort to advance training opportunities for Kentucky’s workforce while improving energy efficiency to lower costs, the Office of Energy Policy (OEP), the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) University of Louisville, and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) announce Building Operators Certification (BOC) training, Lexington-Series.  Classes begin Aug. 16 at the East Kentucky Power Cooperative, located in Winchester.

Register here.

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Reminder – Energy and Environment Cabinet Seeking Nominations for Awards

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 11-12 at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards will include the Secretary’s Award, the Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award, the Environmental Pacesetter Award, the Resource Caretaker Award, the Community Environmental Luminary Award, and the KY EXCEL Champion Award. Those selected to be honored will received their awards during the conference luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The deadline for all nominations is Aug. 1, 2018. The awards are as follows:

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