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Kentuckians have made it clear that we want an energy future that supports jobs, health, equity and climate – and we have great ideas for how to bring that about. The Empower Kentucky Summit will be largest gathering ever of a diverse set of Kentuckians figuring out what it will take to bring about Kentucky’s Bright Energy Future. 

For the past year we’ve been listening to the ideas, hopes and needs of Kentuckians, learning from what other states have done, and tapping into technological and economic expertise to put together a draft plan for what’s possible, what it will take and why it matters for Kentucky to make a just transition to a clean energy economy 

If you’re interested in being part of a well-informed, creative, visionary, justice-oriented conversation about building the agenda for Kentucky’s energy future, join us September 30 – October 1 in Louisville.

Click here to register to attend! 

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Saturday, October 1 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Solar For All: Expanding access to the benefits of solar energy

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The US solar market is expected to grow by a staggering 119% in 2016, according to industry projections, led by investments in utility-scale solar, community-scale solar, and rooftop solar in states with favorable policies. Solar energy provides important benefits to customers, utilities, and communities alike, and installed solar capacity is on the rise in Kentucky. However, we still face significant barriers that limit solar's growth here and restrict who can own and benefit from solar energy. In this workshop we’ll learn about several promising efforts to increase solar generation in Kentucky. And we’ll explore key strategies and policies that are working in other places that could significantly expand access to solar energy to Kentuckians across a broad range of customers, communities, and income groups.

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Steve Wilkins

Member, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
After retiring as an educator with Eastern Kentucky University, Steve made a commitment to be an active member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. During that time, he has been involved with East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s “clean energy collaborative,” the Kentucky Sustainable... Read More →

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Scott Drake

Manager of Corporate Technical Services, East Kentucky Power Cooperative
Scott Drake is the Manager of Corporate Technical Services at East Kentucky Power Cooperative and is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the cooperative’s energy efficiency and demand response programs. Scott is also the manager of Envision Energy Services... Read More →
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Nancy Givens

Education and Marketing Manager, Avery and Sun Solar
Ms. Givens has worked in renewable energy and efficiency advocacy for four-plus decades. She is currently employed with Avery and Sun Solar Installations as Education and Marketing Manager. She was a founding member and is active with the Solar Over Louisville campaign and Kentucky... Read More →
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Emily Stiever

Chief of Staff, Community Power Network
Emily Stiever, Community Power Network’s Chief of Staff, oversees CPN’s administrative, financial, and operational activities and provides technical assistance to CPN member organizations. In her role she assists communities in developing and implementing community-based renewable... Read More →

Saturday October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Breakout Space #3 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage