The Department for Energy Development and Independence's mission is to improve the quality and security of life for all Kentuckians by creating efficient, sustainable energy solutions and strategies; by protecting the environment; and by creating a base for strong economic growth. This mission will be achieved by following Governor Steve Beshear's 7-point strategic energy action plan
, Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky's Future. The plan provides an important framework around existing policies so that we can aggressively increase our use of renewable energy sources; improve energy efficiency, develop cleaner methods to utilize our fossil energy resources, diversify our electricity and transportation energy portfolios; and more fully integrate our agriculture and energy economies.
Visit each division's Web pages to learn more about Kentucky's energy initiatives:
** NEW ** The cabinet just released a draft whitepaper "The Vulnerability of the U.S. Economy to Electricity Price Increases" that evaluates the degree to which low electricity costs are a catalyst for economic growth. This paper concludes that a 10 percent increase in the real price of electricity nationally would be associated with the loss of more than 1 million jobs and $142 billion annually from the American economy.
**MARK YOUR CALENDAR!** The 2016 Midwest Energy Conference is scheduled for April 4-6, 2016. Visit the website for more conference information.
Governor Beshear Proclaims October As Energy Awareness Month
“One of the best ways to strengthen our future is through education,” said Gov. Beshear. “During the month of October, I encourage you to take advantage of the many resources provided by our Energy and Environment Cabinet to learn how you can use energy more wisely and more efficiently.”
Raise your energy IQ by taking the weekly Energy Quiz.