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  1. Kentucky at Work:Clean Energy Corps Promoting Energy Savings, Environmental Protection, and Civic Engagement… While Creating Thousands of New Green-Collar Jobs in Kentucky

  2. Kentucky’s Challenge:Kentucky’s Opportunity Energy inefficiency in low-income housing is at the core of many of our Commonwealth’s central challenges: • Kentucky’s per capita energy use is among the highest in the nation: The average yearly expenditure per Kentuckian on energy was $4,084, ranking the state 9th nationwide, even though we ranked 45th nationwide in energy prices. • Lower-income families bear the greatest burden: Their bills are significantly higher as a portion of income than those for the wealthy, because of poorly insulated and constructed buildings. Poorly constructed and energy-inefficient homes also contribute to health and safety problems. • The global environment suffers: Approximately a third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from construction, renovation, and operation of building stock. • Utilities and co-ops are struggling: In a difficult economy, they are forced to build expensive new infrastructure to meet increased demand. The silver lining:As Governor Beshear’s comprehensive energy plan contemplates, Kentucky is presented a significant opportunity for cost savings and reduced carbon emissions since energy efficiency measures can reduce our state’s energy consumption 18% by 2025. DRAFT

  3. Kentucky’s Clean Energy Corps • February 26, 2009, the Beshear Administration and a broad-based coalition of public and private sector partners launched an ambitious statewide program of energy efficiency improvement for modest-income Kentucky homes. • The Mission: To harness the resources of government, business, education, and non-profit sectors, in order to: • Make these homes approximately 30%more energy efficient, saving modest-income families money, protecting the environment, and reducing demand for utility assistance funds currently available to assist these families. • Promote easy, everyday steps that allcitizenscan take to capture energy savings and reduce carbon emissions in their homes, so they can become energy managers, not just users. • Engage Kentuckians—particularly our youngest generation—in volunteer service for their neighbors and their communities. • Create thousands of new “green collar”jobs in Kentucky. DRAFT

  4. Clean Energy Corps:“Weatherization on Steroids” Each Clean Energy Corps housing project will receive: • An energy audit, using the National Energy Audit Tool, with blower door tests and infrared photography to determine leaks in building envelope. • Energy efficiency education that includes a homeowner’s manual with energy savings tips and a service and maintenance calendar • An energy efficiency rehabilitation, with an average expenditure of $10,000, to potentially include: • Insulation of ducts, attics, walls, and ceilings • Replacement of inefficient appliances (furnaces, refrigerators, water heaters, light bulbs) with efficient models • Repair and/or replacement of unsafe electrical equipment • Air infiltration and repair, weather-stripping, and replacement of leaky doors and windows • Repair and replacement of roof, siding and foundation • Smart energy meters provided by utilities for monitoring and documenting of real-time energy usage, to track savings, with third party verification DRAFT

  5. Clean Energy CorpsEARTH DAY: April 22, 2009 On Earth Day, more than a dozen modest-income homes in seven counties received extensive energy efficiency improvements. The Clean Energy Hybrid Bus Tour reached five counties. Each bus tour site also hosted an Open House, where student volunteers who rode the bus will share “Clean Energy Kits,” filled with energy-efficient devices and user-friendly educational tips on how to save energy in their own homes. Lexington Herald Leader’s Earth Day Editorial:“Energy Corps making a difference” 3/11/2014 3/11/2014 DRAFT DRAFT 5 5

  6. Clean Energy Corps:The Timeline Phase One: The Pilot Program February 26-September 1, 2009 100 modest-income homes in Central and Eastern Kentucky Phase Two: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funds can be spent through March 31, 2012 Goal of 10,000 homes across the Commonwealth $72 M from Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will provide up to $6000/home for families below 200% of poverty; other ARRA and private funding sources will be sought to fully fund rehabs. Key partners: Community Action of Kentucky and Louisville Housing Department Use formula allocations and seek competitive dollars from ARRA for public housing rehabs. Lead partners: HUD and public housing authorities Development of revolving loan fund at Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) for low and moderate income households; loans to be repaid by families with energy savings. $2 M startup funding from ARRA State Energy Program, with additional $2M match from KHC. Pilot programs in every region of state—Key partners: utilities, cooperatives and other non-profit organizations Phase Three: The Long Term Vision Create sustainable model that impacts about 2,000 homes/year 3/11/2014 DRAFT 6

  7. Community volunteers—particularly young Kentuckians from our “Greenest Generation”—will play a critical role in the Clean Energy Corps by serving as Green Education Ambassadors, spreading the gospel of energy efficiency to families statewide. After comprehensive training, volunteers will: Conduct energy efficiency education programs for the modest-income homeowners participating in the Clean Energy Corps program Host Energy Open Houses after rehab completion, so that neighbors can learn about the improvements and be given information for their own home Work with student, neighborhood and faith-based groups to share energy savings ideas in schools, churches, and the greater community Incorporate these ideas into their own homes, schools, and places of business and worship And most significantly, make presentations to middle- and upper-income homeowners, sharing with them energy-savings techniques and contact information for energy auditors and green contractors, thereby dramatically stimulating demand for energy-efficiency improvement work across the state Clean Energy Corps:Volunteer Education Outreach 3/11/2014 DRAFT 7

  8. Greening Public Facilities:The Green Bank In Kentucky’s first comprehensive energy policy, Governor Steve Beshear set ambitious, aggressive goals for reduction of energy use in public facilities: By 2025, facilities will reduce their energy consumption by 25% To meet these goals, Beshear launched a comprehensive effort to reduce energy use in Kentucky’s government facilities: “Setbacks” of building systems on nights and weekends to reduce energy consumption “High Performance Building Standards” for new construction and renovation of public facilities The Green Bank of Kentucky would allow worthy energy efficiency projects to compete for low-interest or no-interest loans so work could go forward that would otherwise be abandoned or delayed. These loans will be repaid over time from the energy savings generated by the improvements, and the Green Bank will recycle the repayments to make additional loans Startup funding: $14 M from ARRA State Energy Program dollars. Will pursue ARRA green bonding authority in 2010. 3/11/2014 DRAFT 8

  9. The Clean Energy Corps has launched a concerted and expedited public/private effort to train and develop a new green collar workforce: A coalition of state officials, labor unions, community colleges and universities, area technology centers, Community Action, homebuilders, chambers of commerce, and utilities and coops, will: Design and implement a plan to educate, train, and certify workers Develop a new career development path for long-term work opportunities Create a new green collarjob bank that can be accessed by: Clean Energy Corps modest-income home projects Private, higher-income homeowners motivated to pay for their own energy efficiency improvements Construction and renovation projects financed by the Green Bank of Kentucky: state and local government buildings, K-12 schools, and higher ed facilities Job Training and Development 3/11/2014 DRAFT 9

  10. Develop job training and certification standards that will: Empower workers with the skills and certifications necessary for work beyond the Weatherization program Provide automatic certification to veteran workers in the field with extensive experience on Weatherization Ensure taxpayers and private homeowners have confidence that skilled engaged in energy efficiency activity Design apprenticeship programs to ensure a long-term career-development path for workers Provide models for labor, higher ed, and other workforce 3. Create a “green collar” job bank to be accessed by employers, private homeowners, and government. SECRETARY’S CEC GREEN COLLAR JOB TRAINING STANDARD WORK GROUP 3/11/2014 DRAFT 10

  11. CLEAN ENERGY CORPSMULTIMEDIA • http://Twitter.com/MillerKY • http://Twitter.com/CleanEnergyKY • Jonathan.Miller@KY.gov • www.facebook.com/JonathanMillerKY • www.finance.KY.gov/cec.htm • www.kyGREENtv.com (coming soon)

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