Kentucky has joined the North American Climate Registry, along with more than forty other states, and most Canadian provinces. Members of the nonprofit registry agree to collect and calculate greenhouse gas emissions from a variety of sources. They report those emissions yearly and make the data available to the public. The news comes as state officials are finishing a comprehensive energy plan for the next few decades. Governor Steve Beshear’s spokesman Jay Blanton says the plan will include recommendations not only for generating enough electricity to meet growing demand but also for reducing pollution and energy consumption.
“So as part of that process of developing that plan, we thought it made a lot of sense, it was very prudent to join the climate registry, which is trying very hard to develop sort of these common methods for how we measure greenhouse gas emissions across the country,” says Blanton.
Blanton says he expects the energy plan will be available in about a week, although it was originally scheduled to be delivered more than a month ago.