No person shall commence to construct a merchant electric generating facility until that person has applied for and obtained a construction certificate for the facility from the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission. The construction certificate shall be valid for a period of two years after the issuance date of the last permit required to be obtained from the Energy and Environment Cabinet after which the certificate shall be void. The certificate shall be conditioned upon the applicant obtaining necessary air, water, and waste permits.
Established in Jackson County in 1938, Jackson Energy Cooperative, A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a regional utility with headquarters in McKee, Kentucky, serving over 51,000 members in 15 southeastern Kentucky counties. It currently offers a rebate program to members for increasing the efficiency of homes. Customers can apply for the Touchstone Energy Home rebate, whereby customers get a $500 rebate for building homes according to Touchstone Energy Home standards, which are 30% more efficient than those within 1990 Energy Code.
In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation which required the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to develop interconnection and net metering guidelines for all retail electric suppliers operating in Kentucky (excluding TVA utilities). The Kentucky PSC adopted those guidelines on January 8, 2009 (Order 2008-00169).
The PSC's rules set forth a two-tiered approach to simplify the interconnection process:
Inter-County Energy Cooperative provides incentives of up to $750 for homeowners that follow the Touchstone Energy Home standards when designing a new home. In order to participate in the program, the homeowners must contact the Member Services Department at Inter-County Energy prior to construction beginning. A pre-drywall inspection and a final inspection and testing must be performed.
Inter-County Energy Cooperative offers several energy efficiency and demand-side management programs for residential customers. Incentives are available for heat pumps (including geothermal, air source, and mini-split heat pumps), weatherization (including caulking and improved window and door seals), HVAC duct sealing, and electric thermal storage usage. See the program web site for equipment requirements and application information. Inter-County Energy also offers free audits for residential members.
Inter-County Energy Cooperative offers loans for members that install Electric Thermal Storage units, geothermal and air-to-air heat pump heating and cooling equipment in their homes. Loans are limited to $15,000 a 6 year term. The interest rate is fixed at 3%. Use the contact below for more information.
In August 2007 Kentucky established the ''Incentives for Energy Independence Act'' to promote the development of renewable energy and alternative fuel facilities, energy efficient buildings, alternative fuel vehicles, research and development activities and other energy initiatives. For renewable energy facilities, the bill provides incentives to companies that build or renovate facilities that utilize renewable energy, which may include:
The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance provides rebate incentives for homeowners in Hamilton, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. To qualify for rebates, homeowners must receive a [http://www.greatercea.org/residential-energy-efficiency Home Performance with Energy Star energy assessment], which is provided at a discount price through Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.
The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance provides loans for single family residencies and owner occupied duplexes in Hamilton county in Ohio and Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in Kentucky. To qualify for loans, homeowners must receive a [http://www.greatercea.org/residential-energy-efficiency Home Performance with Energy Star energy assessment], which is provided at a discount price through Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.
Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative provides rebates to its customers for increasing their energy efficiency. Members who make improvements based on recommendations by the utility's energy advisor can receive $40 for every 1,000 BTUs saved. Rebates are also available for the purchase of energy efficient heat pumps.