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Southern States Energy Board Meets in Virginia

by Erica Peterson on October 4, 2011

The Southern States Energy Board held a Governor’s Energy Summit in Virginia this morning. Kentucky is a member of the board, and was represented by Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters.

In the board’s mission statement, it stresses both the economy and environment, but there was no evidence of the latter in the day’s agenda. The only speakers were politicians and industry representatives, and the issues covered ranged from nuclear energy to oil and gas production to the economic effects of pending federal pollution rules.

The panel is about the potential effects of pending rules from the Environmental Protection Agency was led by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Kevin Crutchfield of Alpha Natural Resources. The conversation was billed as being about how much money the new rules and regulations will cost states. In the past, the EPA has stressed the cost of inaction, and says the pending rules will save money and create jobs in the long run.

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EPA Responds to Beshear’s Letter

by Erica Peterson September 30, 2011

This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency responded to an email asking for comments on a letter Governor Steve Beshear sent to President Barack Obama earlier this week. In an interview, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters expressed frustration with the EPA’s requirements for permits. He says Kentucky worked with the regional EPA on a template […]

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Beshear Calls for Consistency in Coal Regulations From Federal Government

by Erica Peterson September 29, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Obama asking for more consistency and clarity in regulation of the coal industry. The letter was a follow-up to a brief meeting between Beshear and President Obama at the Cincinnati airport last week. Since the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would be scrutinizing surface mining […]

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Lawsuit Initiated Against Two Eastern Kentucky Coal Companies

by Erica Peterson June 28, 2011

Several environmental groups are threatening to sue two eastern Kentucky coal companies for thousands of water violations. They say the state won’t take action. This comes as the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is lobbying to have even more control over the state’s waterways. The notice of intent to sue was sent from Appalachian Voices, […]

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Biomass Energy Use to Ramp Up in KY

by kespeland December 14, 2009

A new report from Governor Steve Beshear’s task force on biomass recommends that the state ramp up biomass production for electricity generation and transportation fuels. That’s in order not only to meet Kentucky’s growing energy needs but also federal regulations requiring increased use of renewable fuels.

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Climate Change Bill Moving Through Congress

by kespeland May 19, 2009

Kentucky leaders are watching the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy bill make its way through Congress.

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Unclear How State Will Implement Energy Plan

by kespeland November 24, 2008

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.

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