Kentucky Joins The Climate Registry

Gov. Beshear appoints Energy Sec. Peters to serve on board

FRANKFORT, KY – November 11, 2008 – (RealEstateRama) — Noting that our changing climate and global warming must be addressed, Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that Kentucky has joined The Climate Registry, a non-profit organization that seeks to develop a common method for measuring greenhouse gas emissions.

“Joining the registry will enable Kentucky to work with other states to develop an agreed-upon reporting system for greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide,” said Gov. Beshear. “By doing so, we will ensure that we are better positioned to respond to any future carbon management rules that the federal government might issue.”

Gov. Beshear also announced that he has appointed Dr. Len Peters, secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, to serve as the commonwealth’s representative on the registry’s board of directors.

Kentucky’s membership in the registry also complements ongoing state efforts to craft a comprehensive energy plan. This summer, Gov. Beshear directed Sec. Peters to develop a comprehensive state energy plan that will reduce Kentucky’s energy usage, capitalize on renewable energy sources and significantly reduce our dependence on foreign fuels. Officials are currently finalizing the plan, which is to be released later this month.

“It’s important to note that Kentucky’s power plants already are reporting their carbon dioxide emissions,” Peters said.  “Kentucky’s active involvement in The Climate Registry will be useful in establishing a baseline for any future emission reductions.”

The registry is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles.  It emphasizes voluntary actions by states to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are associated with global climate change.  Kentucky is among 40 states that have joined the registry since its formation in March 2007.

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The Climate Registry Statement of Principles and Goals (108KB PDF)

Contact:
Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff
502-564-2611

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