Agricultural and forestry leaders came together in Louisville this week to determine how their operations could help control the state’s greenhouse gas emissions as well as how they might contribute to Kentucky’s renewable energy goals. The University of Louisville’s Kentucky Renewable Energy Consortium organized the forum. And Consortium spokesman Cam Metcalf says participants realized the magnitude of the state’s energy needs.
The arrival of summer in Louisville can also mean the arrival of air quality alert days. The culprits are vehicle emissions from burning motor fuel combined with hotter temperatures. And the result is often levels of ozone or soot that aren’t safe for people who are vulnerable to breathing problems. This year the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to encourage motorists to drive less.
Top news outlets, including the Associated Press, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that the Obama administration is poised to announce, possibly as early as Tuesday, a one-size-fits-all standard for fuel efficiency for all cars and light trucks by 2016.
A $25 billion loan for the domestic automotive industry is working its way through the U.S. Congress. If approved, some of the money could come to Louisville.
A start-up called Sapphire Energy has taken what might be the farthest reaching step yet to turn algae into the kind of fuel you could pump into your gas tank.
The city of Jeffersontown, Kentucky is revamping its policy for putting fuel into city vehicles.