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October 2023 Newsletter

2023 Louisville Earth Walk

It's that time of the year when we celebrate our environment and community with the Louisville Earth Walk! Set your reminder and join us on Saturday, October 28th at 9am at Louisville's Cherokee Park for the walk, and visit with the many nonprofits that this event will support! We'll be providing information and opportunities to take action for the environment! 

Walk on your own in your community virtually or join others at 9:00am on October 28, 2023. Tag us on social media during your walk @Kentuckyipl

You can make a donation to raise awareness, protect, and improve the quality of life for all!

 Louisville Air Pollution Control Board  

Louisville Gas & Electric has filed a proposal with the Louisville Air Pollution Board seeking approval for the management of additional emissions expected from their upcoming natural gas plant. This proposal, known as the RACT for VOCs and NOx (Reasonably Available Control Technology Requirements for Major Volatile Organic Compound and Nitrogen Oxides Emitting Facilities), offers the public a chance to provide feedback via written submissions and oral commentary.

Don't miss the Public Comment hearing on October 18th at 10 am, with options for both in-person and virtual participation.

Powering Kentucky's Future

Join Kentuckians for Energy Democracy (K4ED) on October 21st from 11 am to 1 pm EDT for a discussion on creating a democratic, equitable, and resilient energy system for all Kentuckians. Share your vision for the next 15 years in our electric utilities. Kentucky Power has submitted an "Integrated Resource Plan" with a request for an 18% rate increase. Your input on this plan is vital. Stay updated through K4ED.

Participate in our Powering Kentucky's Future community visioning session. Explore Kentucky Power's plan, address high rates, and reliability concerns. Discover opportunities for a more cost-effective, energy-efficient future for homes, businesses, and our communities. Share your ideas over a meal with food and childcare provided. Enjoy music by Letcher County Pick & Bow.


Take the Cool Congregations Challenge

Join IPL's Cool Congregations Challenge! Embrace the sacred duty of stewardship, deeply rooted in faith traditions like Islam. The Qur'an calls Adam 'Khalifah,' a steward entrusted with the Earth. Many of you are already stewards, and we value your efforts.

Save the Date: Apply from Nov 1 to Dec 15, 2023. Six categories offer prizes and recognition. If you've started caring for Creation, apply for a chance to win $1,000. If your plans are in motion, try the Cool Planner category.

We've extended eligibility to projects in 2021-2023. Mark your calendars and download questions to inspire your green team. Thank you for stewarding our Sacred Earth.


Holy Heats Pump!

As we gear up our heating systems for the colder months, the fear of rising energy bills can be chilling. But there's a sustainable solution that benefits your congregation and our Sacred Earth: heat pumps.

Join us on October 25 at 1 pm Eastern to explore how federal funding can make heat pumps affordable for your congregation, all while contributing to a cleaner, greener future.

Our choice of heating and cooling systems plays a pivotal role in combating the climate crisis. Heat pumps are a key technology in the shift away from fossil fuels. In this webinar, we'll demystify how they work and unveil how you can reduce installation costs with newfound government support.

Panelists from Energy for Purpose and the Department of Energy will provide expert insights. Plus, hear an inspiring success story from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa.

Register now for the heat pump webinar and help lead the way to a cleaner energy system for future generations.

Tell Congress to Prioritize Climate in the Farm Bil

Interfaith Power & Light and Creation Justice Ministries unite to call on Congress for a Farm Bill that champions climate-smart practices, ensuring equitable access to healthy food, sustainable farming, and dignified labor. We urge lawmakers to invest in climate-smart agriculture, support small and medium-scale farms, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including curbing food waste. We advocate for initiatives like the Agriculture Resilience Act, EQIP Improvement Act, OFF Act, and protecting the $20 billion in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for climate-smart agriculture. Join us in advocating for a Farm Bill that serves both people and the environment. Send a message to your Members of Congress



Regulators Shield Kentucky Power Customers from Cryptomining Costs

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has issued a decision aimed at protecting Kentucky Power customers from shouldering the costs of discounted power rates granted to a 7 MW cryptomining facility, the Rockhouse facility. Special conditions have been imposed on the facility's contract, which includes over $2.5 million in discounts to Cyber Innovation Group (CIG), the cryptomining company. These conditions require CIG to cover increased costs associated with Kentucky Power purchasing new capacity for the Rockhouse facility and post over $2.5 million in security bonds to guard against potential defaults. The Commission aims to prevent rate increases for other Kentucky Power customers in the future due to the contract. Public interest groups and the Kentucky Attorney General opposed the proposed discounts, citing the risks associated with discounted rates for cryptomining companies. The Rockhouse cryptomining facility is already operational, and there is no evidence of new jobs or economic development resulting from the contract. Kentucky's embrace of cryptocurrency mining has raised concerns about energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

October 20th, Join KCC and order your tickets now for Syrcl's Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Purchase in advance online – don't delay! Enjoy eleven short outdoor and activism films, giveaways, and a silent auction at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington. For those outside the area, we offer a "virtual at home" option to watch these incredible films. Your participation supports KCC, and we thank you for being part of this annual event. Join us and get your tickets today! Must buy tickets in advance!

Governor's Conference on Energy and Environment EV Showcase

As Drive Electric week draws to a close, Governor Beshear has unveiled a significant boost to the clean transportation sector—a $65.8 million lithium-ion battery recycling facility set for Hopkinsville.

The upcoming "Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment" from October 15-17 in Lexington will feature our allies from the Evolve Electric Vehicle Group with electric car demonstrations. You can visit or sign up to showcase your own electric vehicle!

Bits & Pieces

  • Join us in our mission at Kentucky IPL as we harness the power of faith to address climate change and the social injustices it brings, making a meaningful impact through education, advocacy, and action. Your support makes a world of difference. Support Today!

  • Governor's Conference on Energy and Environment EV Showcase, EV Static Display - Embassy Suites, Lexington, KY on Monday October 16th, 8:30am-4:30pm.

  • Join KRC for an evening at "West 6th for a Cause" on Saturday, November 11, 2023, from 6 pm to 9 pm EST. The event will be hosted at West Sixth Brewing in Lexington, located at 501 W. 6th #100, Lexington, KY 40508.

  • Did you know you can easily help us raise funds by setting "Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light" to be your regularly supported charity on Amazon? You can click here to go to Amazon Smile and begin your shopping. 

Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light
PO Box 5084  | Louisville, Kentucky 40255
‪(502) 276-6302 | info@kentuckyipl.org

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