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This webinar was held on August 20th, and examined both Kentucky's unique energy landscape and the DOE-funded, soon-to-be-completed 3 year stakeholder project to design a strategy for achieving a 1% voluntary energy efficiency goal - without a mandated portfolio standard.
Samantha Williams, Policy Manager at MEEA, provided an overview of Kentucky's recently- released Action Plan for Energy Efficiency - the first of its kind in the state. Since January 2011, MEEA has been working with the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence on a comprehensive stakeholder process with the goal of reaching a voluntary 1% electric energy savings goal through efficiency. This process culminated in the Action Plan, which lays out a strategy to achieve this goal and ensure environmental protection, create jobs and maintain low-cost, reliable energy into the future. Ms. Williams will discuss how the Action Plan and its focus on voluntary measures could be a model for other states.
Lee Colten, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, will review a key element of the Action Plan: a new process for Kentucky to annually track utility-run energy efficiency program performance and evaluate progress towards the State's energy efficiency goals. Mr. Colten will describe how Kentucky's collaborative efforts with utilities are helping demonstrate at the state level, and nationally, the success of Kentucky's efficiency programs and policies and the strides that have already been achieved in the last decade.