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Energy and Environment Cabinet

2014 Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment: The Changing Landscapes in Kentucky

When:     Oct. 7-8, 2014
Where:    Lexington Convention Center

Attendees and exhibitors can register and pay online here:

Conference prices are $200 for the full conference; $125 for day one; and $100 for day two.

The conference accepts the following methods of payment:

American Express
ACH Debit/Credit

There is a $5.25 service fee added if paying by credit card; no service fee if paying by ACH Debit/Credit.

Registration is open at the door; however, credit and debit cards cannot be accepted on site.

Cancellation/Refund Requests
Cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing to by Sept. 22. Organizations can make personnel substitutions for employees who are registered but unable to attend the conference.

Exhibit Hall
Once again, the Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment will host an exhibit hall for vendors wishing to display energy- and environment-related products and services. The $300 exhibit fee includes exhibit space and one full registration.

Hotel Information
Conference attendees can stay at the Hyatt Regency Lexington at 401 West High Street, for a reduced price of $114 for either a single or double room. To get this price, reservations must be made by Sept. 20, 2014. A block of rooms have been set aside for the Energy and Environment Cabinet. 


Day 1, Oct. 7

9-11:30 a.m.
Tour 1: CAER
Tour 2: KY American Water
9-11:30 a.m.
Exhibitor Set-up
10 a.m.
Registration Opens
Kickoff Lunch
Track 1: Water & Energy Nexus
Track 2: Land Utilization & Resource Conservation
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Sustainable Waters
Brownfield Successes
2:30-2:45 p.m.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
Stewardship in Agriculture
Urban Forestry and Reforestation
3:45-4:00 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
Cabinet Panel
5-7 p.m.
Networking Reception
Day 2, Oct. 8
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Greenhouse Gas Proposed Regulations
10:30-10:45 a.m.
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Cyber Security Threats
11:45-12:45 p.m.
Award’s Lunch
12:45-1 p.m.
1-2 p.m.
Business Case for Environmental Stewardship
2-3 p.m.
Innovative Communities
3-4 p.m.
Infrastructure Challenges
4-5 p.m.
Closing Remarks with Secretary Len Peters

Presenters will be announced as speakers are confirmed.

Sustainable Waters
Hear how the Division of Water’s 319 program, the Wild River’s Program, and DOW’s response to toxic algae blooms are ensuring the sustainability of Kentucky waterways.
Infrastructure Challenges
Infrastructure is essential to the protection of our environment. Learn how Kentucky is addressing infrastructure challenges.
Brownfield Successes
Brownfields are properties with potential and Kentucky is turning this potential into reality through new liability regulations coupled with a new funding mechanism.
Urban Forestry and Reforestation in Kentucky
Our tree canopy affects both urban and rural areas and is essential from an energy and environment perspective. Learn the facts about protecting our tree resources.
Proposed Pollution Rules and Kentucky
The New Source Performance Standards for new and existing electric generating units will have far-reaching impacts both nationally and here in Kentucky. This session will provide an overview of the rules, issues, along with a Q&A.
Resource Planning for the Future
Utilities are faced with predicting the future to meet energy demands and customer needs. Discussion will focus on approaches to resource planning in light of carbon pollution regulations.
Business Case for Environmental Stewardship
Nonprofits, businesses, and institutions are going above regulatory requirements and implementing energy and environmental conservation practices. This session will detail why it makes good business sense to take voluntary actions.
Innovative Communities
Communities across Kentucky are innovating to meet the needs of their citizens. From environmental protection to energy conservation, see how our communities are rising to the challenge.
Stewardship in Agriculture
Agriculture in Kentucky provides a spotlight on how one sector is transforming how it approaches environmental and energy issues.

The Energy Leadership Awards, sponsored by the Department for Energy Development and Independence, recognize leaders in the Kentucky energy field who have made significant contributions by promoting and utilizing energy efficiency and alternative energy sources as a way to achieve their sustainability goals and to cut costs. There is still time to nominate a recipient. The deadline is Sept. 19, 2014.
2014 Energy Leadership Nomination Form can be submitted through email to or by fax to 502-564-7484. The mailing address is Department for Energy Development and Independence, 500 Mero Street, 12th floor, Frankfort, KY 40601.
This year's awards ceremony will be Oct. 8 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Click here to read about last year's recipients.