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The 43rd Annual Governor's Conference on Energy & the Environment

The 43rd annual Kentucky Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Convention Center. Registration is now closed. 

View a detailed agenda here.

Invitation from Secretary Charles Snavely

"As Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, I would like to invite you to the 43rd annual Kentucky Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center on September 20, 2019. 

We are honored to have Governor Matt Bevin join us to kick off this year's conference. During a day of discussion and debate we will examine the top energy and environmental is­sues facing Kentucky. Governor Matt Bevin is scheduled to join our annual awards lunch­eon to celebrate the accomplishments individuals and companies have made in improving Kentucky's environment and natural resources. 

The Governor's Conference is an event that brings together some of the nation's and state's top minds in the energy and environment arenas. Some will be speakers and pre­senters, others will be there to participate and network. Our sessions reflect current issues affecting energy development and environmental stewardship in Kentucky. I invite you to join us in what will be an informative and thought-provoking day.

I hope to see you in Lexington."

 -- Charles G. Snavely, Secretary, Energy & Environment Cabinet

2018 Conference Recap

Last year's Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment featured speakers and panels that addressed the future of Kentucky’s energy profile, water and wastewater issues and solutions, projects to reclaim abandoned mine lands for economic development and the future of regulated energy. Governor Matt Bevin was the featured speaker. Other key presenters included David Ross, Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water, and Steve Winberg, Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy.

Cabinet Secretary Snavely moderated an energy panel that covered regulations, energy grid resilience, threats against the grid, cyber-attacks, pipelines and energy rates, with panelists that included Neil Chatterjee, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Asim Z. Haque, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Talina Matthews, Commissioner of the Kentucky Public Service Commission and Andrew L. Ott, president of PJM Interconnection.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton presided over an awards luncheon that honored many deserving recipients for their work preserving and enhancing the Commonwealth through energy efficiency, soil conservation, mine land reclamation, farmland stewardship and innovation.

Governor Bevin standing at the podium and delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Governor's Conference.
Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address at the 2018 Governor's Conference.
Renee Shaw moderates a panel of experts on legislative issues at the 2018 conference.
KET host and producer Renee Shaw moderates a legislative panel on energy and environment issues during the 2018 Governor's Conference.

Environmental awards from the 2018 Governor's Conference

Energy & Environment Awards of Excellence

Nominations are now closed for the 2019 Energy & Environment Awards of Excellence. These annual awards are presented at the Governor's Conference to recognize outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in environmental leadership in the Commonwealth. Find out more about previous years' award recipients below.