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Energy and Environment Cabinet


Energy Plan

Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky's Future
Gov. Steve Beshear's Energy Plan

Kentucky's challenge for the 21st century is to develop clean, reliable, affordable energy sources that help us improve our energy security, reduce our carbon emissions, and provide economic prosperity.  Kentucky can be -- and in fact must be -- a leader in this energy revolution.  Read Gov. Beshear's energy plan and strategies below. 


Executive Summary

Energy Strategy

The Strategies

Strategy 1 - Improve the energy efficiency of Kentucky’s homes, buildings, industries and transportation fleet.

Strategy 2 - Increase Kentucky’s use of renewable energy.

Strategy 3 - Sustainably grow Kentucky’s production of biofuels.

Strategy 4 - Develop a coal-to-liquids industry in Kentucky to replace petroleum-based liquids.

Strategy 5 - Implement a major and comprehensive effort to increase gas supplies, including coal-to-gas in Kentucky.

Strategy 6 - Initiate aggressive carbon capture/sequestration projects for coal-generated electricity in Kentucky.

Strategy 7 - Examine the use of nuclear power for electricity generation in Kentucky

Raising our Standards

Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) -- By 2025, 25 percent of Kentucky’s energy needs will be met by reductions through energy efficiency and conservation and through the use of renewable resources.  Strategies 1, 2 and 3 will help the Commonwealth achieve this standard. 

Alternative Transportation Fuel Standard (ATFS) -- This standard incorporates the use of fuels such as those derived from biomass and coal, plug-in hybrid vehicles and compressed natural gas to help transition Kentucky and the U.S. away from dependence on foreign petroleum.  Strategies 1, 3 and 4 will help the Commonwealth achieve this standard. 


If enacted, the plan will:

  • Provide 30,000-40,000 new Kentucky jobs as a result of a booming diversified energy sector.
  • Achieve energy independence for Kentucky from imported oil.
  • Produce annually approximately 4 billion gallons of liquid fuels from coal (utilizing about 50 million tons of coal annually).
  • Produce annually 135 billion cubic feet of synthetic gas from coal (utilizing about 9 million tons of coal annually) to augment Kentucky’s natural gas supply.
  • Reduce the net per capita carbon emissions into the atmosphere by 50 percent, while ensuring Kentucky’s economic viability by protecting Kentucky’s coal industry against negative impacts of federally mandated carbon management legislation.
  • Optimize our renewable energy resources, utilizing wind, solar, hydropower, landfill gas, and biomass.
  • Maintain current energy per capita use despite major energy growth requirements.