Policy Research & Advocacy

Good policies have been critical for the development of renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency, and accelerating the pace of the energy transition. Strong policies at the local, state, and federal level have enabled renewable energy costs to decline dramatically in recent years, supporting the exponential growth of wind and solar throughout the world. Smart policies have enabled ongoing advances in energy efficiency, greatly reducing energy costs through improvements to appliances like refrigerators and lighting.

Apogee works for strong clean energy policies at the local and state level in Kentucky. We provide policy research and technical assistance on topics such as net metering, distributed generation, electric utility rates and policies, and other topics related to energy and the environment.

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New Report

Local Solar, Local Savings: How to Cut Electricity Costs in Half for Public Schools and Local Governments in Frankfort, Kentucky

Photo by Trent Hendricks, Cabriejo Ranch

Local governments and public schools in Frankfort, Kentucky could reduce their electricity costs by fifty percent and dramatically reduce carbon emissions by developing a collaborative solar project within Franklin County, according to a new report by Apogee-Climate & Energy Transitions. With the cooperation of their local municipal utility, the Frankfort Plant Board (FPB), a 20 megawatt (MW) solar facility on about 150 acres could supply 100% of the annual electricity needs of these four public agencies, providing combined savings to local taxpayers exceeding $1.2 million per year. Using virtual net metering and a power purchase agreement with a private solar developer, the project could be developed with no up-front or ongoing maintenance costs for the participating public agencies or school districts.

This report shows how Kentucky cities like Frankfort, which have locally owned municipal utilities, can greatly reduce costs for local governments and public schools, while making major strides to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality and public health. The report demonstrates the benefits to the local utility, which would realize significantly reduced peak-demand charges and reduced risks within their wholesale power supply.

To download the Report, click here.

Frankfort & Franklin County’s public schools & local governments could save $1.2 million per year via a collaborative 20 MW solar project.