It should come as no surprise that Kentucky has almost no renewable energy infrastructure to speak of. The state alone is responsible for nearly 9% of U.S. coal production,1
and is the third largest exporter of coal in the U.S.2
The state’s second largest source of energy is hydropower. And it does feature several tax credits for renewables, as well a net-metering policy. But utilities have the ability to cap net-metering intake at 1% of their total generation.3
The fact is, in Kentucky, coal is king: 92% of its electricity comes from coal.
The state’s politics are singularly focused on protecting the coal industry.4
This is a problem; coal plants across the country face shutdowns in the coming years thanks to the plummeting costs of renewable energy, new regulations protecting the environment, and abundant natural gas. Kentucky has 28,588 megawatts of potential wind capacity,5
so it can transition to a clean energy economy and ensure future generations of Kentuckians can find work in the state. But without a renewable portfolio standard, it’s hard to see how.
Learn more about energy in Kentucky with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States