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
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
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."