Members of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition's Political Working Group met with some of the state’s legislators on Friday afternoon to discuss the Energy Opportunity Act. KSEC secured the bill's first senate sponsor, Sen. Reggie Thomas, in 2015. The bill has not made it to a vote in either the House or Senate committees in which it has been placed. The KSEC youth talked with legislators about how to get the bill sent to committees where it could receive a vote and discussed other avenues of promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency through the Kentucky Legislature.
In passing the Energy Opportunity Act, Kentucky would adopt a renewable and energy efficiency portfolio standard that would increase utility companies’ renewable energy production by 12.5 percent and increase energy efficiency by 10.25 percent over the next 10 years. The legislation also introduces feed-in tariffs to Kentucky utilities, which would give Kentuckians the opportunity to become energy entrepreneurs.
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Fifteen-year-old KSEC Political Working Group Media chair Grace Engelman says bipartisan support is critical for job opportunities for young Kentuckians as “climate change issues” will affect them most.