Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) offers rebates to all commercial customers who pay a DSM charge on monthly bills. Rebates are available on lighting measures, sensors, air conditioners, heat pumps, motors, pumps, variable frequency drives, chillers, chilled water resets, thermal storage systems, and a free energy audit. Customers must complete and sign an application form prior to project completion. Measure type, quantity and estimated completion date must be included.
The Kentucky Economic Opportunity Zone Program (KEOZ) focuses on the development of areas with high unemployment and poverty levels. The program provides an income tax credit of up to 100% of the Kentucky income tax liability on income generated by or arising out of the project. The approved company may require each qualified statewide employee, as condition of employment, to agree to pay a job development assessment fee not to exceed 5% of gross wages, with a 1% contribution from local government and up to 4% contribution from the state.
Kenergy is an electric cooperative that serves 51,000 households and commercial customers in 14 western Kentucky counties. Currently, Kenergy offers three rebate programs for residential customers who wish to increase the efficiency of their homes.
Customers can receive rebates for installing Energy Star geothermal, duel fuel, or air source heat pumps or have their existing HVAC unit professionally cleaned and serviced for a rebate. Kenergy also offers a rebate for purchasing an Energy Star clothes washer or refrigerator. The amounts for these rebates are as follows:
Kenergy offers commercial and industrial customers rebates for energy-efficient lighting and other energy efficient improvements. Customers can receive rebates of $350 per kilowatt of energy-efficiency improvements. To qualify, a customer must notify and submit information about the facility, including desired energy-efficient improvements, for pre-approval by Kenergy. A rebate cannot exceed a project's cost.
No construction shall commence on a nuclear power facility in the Commonwealth until the Public Service Commission finds that the United States government, through its authorized agency, has identified and approved a demonstrable technology or means for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste. The provisions of this section shall not be construed as applying to or precluding the following nuclear-based technologies, provided that electricity is not the primary output of the processes:
(a) Enrichment of depleted uranium hexafluoride tails;
The Public Service Commission may, by rule or order, authorize and require the transportation of natural gas in intrastate commerce by intrastate pipelines, or by local distribution companies with unused or excess capacity not needed to meet existing obligations of the pipeline or distribution company, for any person for one (1) or more uses, as defined by the commission by rule, in the case of:(a) Natural gas sold by a producer, pipeline or other seller to such person; or(b) Natural gas produced by such person.
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.