KENTUCKY – Tennessee Valley Authority and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are pledging to work together to ensure a clean, reliable and affordable energy supply over the next decade. TVA officials recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) committing both agencies to a list of goals for the development and use of energy resources through 2020.The memorandum reaffirms TVA’s goal of reducing peak electricity demand on its system by up to 1,400 megawatts by 2012 and to generate at least fifty percent of its electricity from clean energy resources by 2020. TVA also pledges to continue programs such as Green Power Switch, Energy Auditing, and to keep working on more programs that are mutually beneficial to the state and TVA.
Kentucky’s EEC agreed to work with other state agencies to promote clean energy resources through expedited permitting of such energy-resource projects; to promote and establish requirements and incentives for construction of energy-efficient homes, businesses and industries; support the development of infrastructure for alternative-fueled and electric vehicles; and to assist local governments and small businesses in improving energy efficiency of existing buildings. The agencies will also produce an inventory of renewable energy resources in Kentucky.