Beshear rolls out “Intelligent Energy Choices” plan for the state

Gov. Steve Beshear rolled out what he is calling the “first-ever comprehensive energy plan” for Kentucky on Thursday that concentrates on alternative energy sources, coal conversion technology and reducing greenhouse gases by 20 percent by 2025. 

“Energy and the production of energy is going to be one of the top priorities in the world over the next few years,” Beshear said Thursday afternoon during an interview with the Messenger-Inquirer. “Kentucky is uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in that.”

The plan includes an exploration of how to promote the development of nuclear power in Kentucky and significant emphasis on building up to eight plants capable of converting coal into transportation fuel. 

Beshear predicts that implementing the plan, which was created with little input from those outside his administration, will also provide economic development jolt for the state and produce up to 40,000 jobs in the state by 2025. 

“That obviously would be a tremendous economic boost for our state,” Beshear said.

Read more about Beshear’s plan, called “Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future,” in Friday’s Messenger-Inquirer.


One Response

  1. Governor Beshear’s energy plan roll out is definitely a huge step in the right direction. I especially liked the building of more energy efficient homes which is a quicker route to reduce energy consumption. I find little to scrutinize with the exception of renewable energy.
    The plan incorrectly states the set backs of solar and hydro electric. The report on the cost of installing solar can be done more cheaper. The research I have, would average $20,000 not $50,000 to build an average home with solar power. Our legislatures should also push forward a “true net metering” bill. The quote on Germany’s use of solar power compared to our Commonwealth’s is an example of the possibilities and challenges we can overcome.
    On hydro electricity, I have brought up the idea of Hydrokinetic energy to the energy cabinet and was surprised they didn’t know about it. Hydrokinetic or free flow hydro generation is the extraction of energy from moving water without requiring the construction of new dams or diversions.
    Over all the energy plan is a must read for everyone in the Commonwealth because we are all in this together.

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