LOUISVILLE, KY — Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a national advocate for energy consumers, today announced support for recent legislation (HB 227) proposed in the Kentucky House of Representatives that would help expand solar deployment across the Commonwealth, helping to protect and add options for families, seniors, and small businesses, many of whom are paying additional costs under the state’s existing private solar incentive program.
CEA’s Vice President of State Affairs, Brydon Ross, a long-time Kentucky resident, stated: “We want to thank Rep. Jim Gooch for his leadership on this important issue and offering this forward-thinking bill that will protect families and those living on fixed-incomes while also recognizing the growing interest across Kentucky for the continued expansion of solar deployment. CEA strongly supports solar development as part of a diverse, robust energy mix. As prices for installment continue to come down, it is important that our policies keep pace with this rapidly changing industry.”
He added: “Preventing cost-shifting is simply a matter of fairness and good public policy. It’s time to update Kentucky’s 14-year old private solar statutes. Grandfathering in existing private solar customers and continuing to reward participants for the excess energy they generate while aligning incentives with actual competitive electric prices ensures fair costs and the reliability of our grid.”