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.
States throughout the Ohio River Valley are stepping up efforts to produce more electricity from renewable sources. One increasingly popular option is biomass—such as wood chips or agricultural waste. In Kentucky, the Governor has convened a task force to develop the state’s biomass potential. But in Indiana, two proposed biomass plants aren’t so welcome.
Kentucky leaders are watching the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy bill make its way through Congress.
The U.S. House of Representatives is shining its legislative spotlight on the environment this week. House Democrats have been hashing out the details of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a bill sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.). The bill is the first climate change legislation to get environmentalists pretty excited.
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.
Tacked on to the so-called “bail out” bill passed earlier this month are a suite of extensions of tax credits for renewable energy projects. And members of Kentucky’s renewable energy industry are praising federal lawmakers for attaching them to the measure.
The so-called “bail out” bill may not seem to be having major effects on the financial markets. But it is stirring excitement among renewable energy advocates. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland has the story.