skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Trump running mate Vance to deliver 'the most important speech' of his career at Republican convention tonight; Alabama group receives grant to boost FAFSA submissions; Bilingual, multicultural staff needed for NJ addiction treatment; Toledo plant to manufacture EVs with federal funding.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Republican National Convention connects crime to migration. Kari Lake and delegates from Texas, Florida, and California talk about border issues. Desantis pokes fun at President Biden and Nikki Haley gives the night's big speech.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Revving Up Renewables in Kentucky

play audio
Play

Monday, September 11, 2017   

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With Kentucky lagging behind most states in the production of sustainable energy, the Sierra Club is making a push at the community level to spike interest in solar and other renewable sources.

Lexington resident and Sierra Club member Judy Humble says with renewable energy much more viable across the nation, Kentucky needs projects that would quickly help implement the use of solar.

"It's a combination of research and outreach, and public education, and finding other people in the community who are interested and also ready to support this cause," she states.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 2.35 percent of the energy produced in Kentucky comes from renewables. By comparison, it's 42 percent in neighboring Missouri. Kentucky ranks 45th among all states.

In Owensboro, Sierra Club member Kari Miller says there's a grassroots effort underway to convince the city's publicly owned utility to use some emission free energy sources.

Owensboro Municipal Utilities has announced plans to retire its two coal-fired power plants and stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2023.

Miller says to move toward sustainable energy, it's important to educate people about the benefits of solar and wind power.

"The price of renewables is getting cheaper, and it's just letting people know that this is really what's already going on," she points out.

Humble notes that most energy companies in Kentucky are creating pilot solar arrays as part of their own energy transition. However, she says the big push for solar energy is coming from big business – and residential use also is beginning to take off.

"People who have acquired residential solar are extremely satisfied with it,” Humble stresses. “It's sort of like 'pay once, benefit forever.' And I think the advances in technology and the decline in cost is going to help make it much more feasible in Kentucky."

Humble says the Bluegrass chapter of the Sierra Club is planning a solar open house in Lexington next month to introduce people to the benefits of renewable energy.



get more stories like this via email

more stories
Workers can file safety or heat-related complaints at the Cal/OSHA office nearest their work site or by calling 866-924-9757. (Sculpies/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

California has shattered heat records left and right this month and temperatures are forecast to be 10 degrees above normal this weekend, so the …


Environment

play sound

A court is soon expected to decide a Wyoming case between hunters and landowners which could affect public land access. When a group from Missouri …

Health and Wellness

play sound

More than 85,000 people are admitted each year in New Jersey to treatment programs for alcohol and drug addiction, and experts say language can be a …


At least 36% of U.S. bridges need repair, including more than 76,000 in need of replacement, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Massachusetts will receive close to $1 billion in federal funding to replace the Cape Cod bridges. Lawmakers said it is the largest single bridge …

Social Issues

play sound

Some North Dakota leaders believe healthy food is part of what is needed to help all kids achieve better outcomes and they hope low-income families si…

In Colorado, more than 195,000 people work in agriculture across 38,900 farms and ranches. The industry supplies $47 billion to the state's economy annually. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

In the past year, the Colorado AgrAbility Project added four behavioral health specialists to help the state's agricultural producers, workers and …

Social Issues

play sound

The nonprofit Este Poder has a goal of helping more young people of color in rural east Texas exercise their right to vote. The organization holds …

Social Issues

play sound

AARP Iowa is on a road trip, taking knowledge to family caregivers wherever they are and helping them learn more about the resources that may be …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021