Demand Side Management & Renewable Energy Collective to Meet

To begin the work of evaluating and recommending renewable energy and energy efficiency options to the East Kentucky Power Cooperative board, the Demand Side Management and Renewable Energy Collaborative will hold its initial meeting next Tuesday, March 29, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort Hotel in Lexington.  MACED staff Nina McCormack will serve as MACED's representative and Kristin Tracz will serve as an alternate.  More information about the Collective's process will be available following the first meeting.  Tuesday's meeting is open to the public if you care to join!

KFTC begins clean energy collaborative with EKPC, co-ops, allies by Sara Pennington

A great step toward new power will take place at the end of March with the first meeting of the Demand-side Management / Renewable Energy Collaborative–an effort called for in the agreement between the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), and KFTC and our allies that canceled the $900 million proposed coal-burning Smith plant. The Collaborative will conduct its initial meeting Tuesday, March 29, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort Hotel on Newtown Pike in Lexington. Collaborative meetings are open to the public, and KFTC members are invited to attend. 

The group will meet quarterly for the next two years to evaluate and recommend actions for EKPC to expand deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Collaborative will also look to find ways members of the group can work together to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy in the co-op areas.The Collaborative is a joint project of EKPC, its 16 member cooperatives, the Sierra Club, the Kentucky Environmental Foundation and KFTC. Additional groups with expertise in energy efficiency, low-income housing, and renewable energy in Kentucky have been invited to become members of the Collaborative and will participate as well.

David Mitchell, EKPC's vice-president for construction and engineering, will chair the Collaborative. Owen Electric co-op member and KFTC member Tona Barkley will serve as Vice Chair. KFTC and each of our allies have a representative on the Collaborative, as does EKPC and all 16 of the distribution co-ops. KFTC's representative to the Collaborative is Madison County chapter member Steve Wilkins; and Ted Withrow, a member of the Rowan County chapter, will serve as an alternate.

In addition to supporting KFTC members who are serving as part of the Collaborative, KFTC will organize throughout the co-op service area, working to ensure the overall success of this group. Additionally, we will be increasing our work to promote existing and new programs that save co-op members energy and money–especially those most vulnerable to rising rates. Both of these areas of work are key strategies of KFTC's new Renew East Kentucky Project–an effort to kickstart the Appalachian Transition to create a more sustainable and strong economy for eastern Kentucky.

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.