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Unclear How State Will Implement Energy Plan

As groups react to Governor Steve Beshear’s energy plan for the state, uncertainties remain about how the plan will be implemented. The plan proposes creating a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.  It would require 25 percent of Kentucky’s energy to come from some renewable sources but also from increased energy efficiency by the year 2025.  Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary Len Peters says the emphasis will be on efficiency, and power plants will not be required to meet any particular target.

“We are not breaking it down according to industry by industry by industry. Eighteen percent of it comes from energy efficiency.  We think that’s a reasonable goal,” says Peters.

In contrast, North Carolina is requiring power plants to meet up to 12 and a half percent of their energy needs through renewable sources and efficiency measures.  Peters says it’s unclear whether Kentucky will make the standard law or just use it as a policy guideline.

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Beshear Unveils Energy Plan

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has rolled out the state’s first ever comprehensive energy plan.

Beshear says five of the seven states surrounding Kentucky have nuclear power plants and it’s time the commonwealth followed suit.    He says he’s not yet ready to ask lawmakers to lift the ban on nuclear power, but he’s beginning the dialogue.

“I want to hear from the public and get their thoughts on that. But that obviously is one of the things that we will need to address if we decide if we want to move forward with the possible development of nuclear facilities in the state,” Beshear said.

The 144 page energy plan also would increase the use of renewable energy; continue development of bio-fuels; develop a coal-to-liquids industry in the state; increase coal-to-gas efforts and initiate carbon sequestration projects for coal-generated electricity.

The plan calls for a 20% reduction in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.