Rocky Adkins
Energy IndependenceEnergy independence is an important issue facing Kentucky and the United States. Rep. Rocky Adkins has played a leadership role in helping conquer the uncertainties of our energy future.

House Bill 2 Becomes LawMajority Leader Rocky Adkins' Energy Efficiency Bill Becomes Law

Frankfort, KY: Majority Leader Rocky Adkins joined Governor Steve Beshear as he signed House Bill 2 into law at the end of the 2008 session. Rep. Adkins said that House Bill 2 "builds upon the sound energy policy direction that was started with the passage of House Bill 1 in the 2007 special session last summer. This bill will expand our footprint in energy efficiencies, conservation initiatives, and renewable energy solutions."
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In the 2007 special session, Rep. Adkins was the primary sponsor of House Bill 1, a landmark environmental, energy, and economic development package for Kentucky. It was signed into law by Gov. Fletcher in August.

"We have worked for nearly three years, beginning with House Bill 299, to put together a strategy for Kentucky to address alternative and renewable energy options. With the passage of House Bill 1, we have taken a giant step toward accomplishing that goal." - Rocky Adkins, August 2007

In the 2007 regular session Rep. Adkins introduced House Bill 5 that included measures to improve energy efficiency in state government buildings and throughout the state motor fleet system, provide tax incentives to companies building large commercial scale alternative fuel or renewable energy facilities, and offer tax credits to existing commercial energy consumers who can reduce their energy consumption while keeping the current production output. House Bill 5 passed the House but stalled in the Senate. Rep. Adkins will pursue similar legislation in the upcoming 2008 session.

In the 2006 session, Rep. Rocky Adkins sponsored, and the General Assembly passed, House Bill 299, a comprehensive legislative initiative that outlines how Kentucky can become less dependent on foreign oil and lead the nation toward energy independence. The legislation was showcased at the Southern Legislative Conference.

Rep. Rocky Adkins Moderates American Energy Security Summit Panel Rocky Adkins
Rep. Rocky Adkins spoke to the American Energy Security Summit on April 16, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Summit was sponsored by the Southern States Energy Board and was attended by six governors, members of Congress, state legislators, more than 20 CEO's from major corporations, technology developers, the military, academia and the media from across the country. Including live video conferencing, more than 600 people participated in the summit.

In a letter of appreciation to Rep. Adkins, Joe Manchin, West Virginia governor and chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, said,
"Your thoughtful and enthusiastic address added measurably to our deliberations. I agree with your statement that America must lead the way toward the development of new technologies that permit the use of our fossil energy resources. Our American Energy Security Initiative calls for the increased use of coal, biomass and oil shale to offset an elimination of our dependence on imported oil. This tremendous resource base is the foundation of our plan and we are committed to the deployment of technologies to achieve it. We are pleased to work with you and the Kentucky General Assembly toward this goal and you are to be commended for your decisive leadership in the development of state legislation and incentives."

Rocky AdkinsMountain News WYMT-TV ran a series entitled Coal to Liquid Fuel that encompasses Rep. Adkins' efforts and gives an insightful look at energy independence and what it will truly mean for Kentucky and the nation. Ashland Independent Newspaper
The Ashland Independent Newspaper headlined its Feb. 17 issue with this article
Interview Interview
WYMT-TV Mountain News
Southern Legislative Conference
Front Page with Chuck Miraz
Welcome Morehead State University Public Radio Interview 6/16/08
about Southern States Energy Board
bizlex.comBusiness Lexington praises Adkins' House Bill 2 as forward thinking solution

Green Advance "Kentucky sets priority on new energy technologies with HB 2"

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