Public Hearing Planned Sept. 6

BIAPRTISIAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW – SECTION 40101(d)
PREVENTING OUTAGES AND ENHANCING THE RESILIENCE OF THE ELECTRIC GRID

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Energy Policy will conduct a virtual public hearing on September 6, 2022, at 10 a.m. (EDT). This hearing is being held to receive comments on the proposed program narrative for U.S. Department of Energy Funding – Section 40101(d) Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid. A draft version of the 40401(d) state program narrative is available here:

To register for the hearing, provide information to the contact person below or register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/394533469227.

This virtual hearing is open to the public and all interested persons will be given the opportunity to present oral comments. To assure that all comments are accurately recorded, the Office of Energy Policy requests that persons interested in providing oral comments register with the contact person in advance of the hearing.

Written comments will also be accepted. To be considered part of the hearing record, written comments should be sent to energy@ky.gov or to the contact person before 12 p.m. ET on September 2, 2022. 

The full text of the proposed narrative is available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the following locations: Office of Energy Policy, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.  Any individual requiring copies may submit a request to the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy in writing, by telephone or by fax. Requests for copies should be directed to the contact person. In addition, an electronic version of the proposed narrative can be downloaded from the EEC website at: https://eec.ky.gov/Pages/Build.aspx .

The hearing will be recorded. If you wish to receive a copy of the recording, please direct any questions to the contact person.

CONTACT PERSON: Carol Stringer, Kentucky Office of Energy Policy, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Phone: 502-782-7078; E-mail: carol.stringer@ky.gov.

The Energy and Environment Cabinet does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs and activities.

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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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