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Federal energy program grants to support education, low-income communities and energy security

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman have announced more than $600,000 in U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program grants will support Kentucky education, reduce the energy burden in low-income communities, and improve energy security. The federal program provides annual funding to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and maximize...

Environmental Protection Agency awards $1.7 million in brownfield grants to Kentucky communities

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman on Monday announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected five projects to receive $1.7 million in brownfield assessment grant funding. “Even as we make sacrifices to protect the health and lives of our fellow Kentuckians during the coronavirus pandemic, these grants show our collective desire to...

Sun-powered rickhouses reflect partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark

A new 560-panel solar array is now online in Loretto, marking a milestone in the partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark to produce electricity using the sun. The new array stands just east of the distillery’s rickhouses on its property in Loretto along Highway 52. Without compromising any part of the unique Maker’s Mark production process that makes its bourbon so distinctive,...

Beshear, Goodman announce $4.5 million in tobacco settlement funds for projects on Kentucky farms

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman have announced that the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission has selected 705 projects in 82 counties to receive a total of $4,554,818 in tobacco settlement funds for projects on Kentucky farms. The majority of the projects being funded will install fencing for facilitation of rotational grazing or watering facilities...

Grants available for road projects using rubber-modified asphalt; applications due April 1

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will provide up to $500,000 in grant funding for local road projects that utilize rubber-modified asphalt, rubber from finely ground waste tires. Grants are available to county or metro government entities. Applications must be received by April 1. Money for these projects comes from the Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives $2 from every new tire...

Nearly $1 million in grants awarded to 21 Kentucky counties to clean up illegal open dumps

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced approximately $955,000 in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 121 illegal dumps in 21 counties across the Commonwealth. “Illegal dump sites are a blight on this beautiful state of ours,” Beshear said. “Cleaning these will not only restore properties but will provide a healthier environment for...