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November News
Protecting solar NOW, Moving Forward Forum, Instagram, and sustainable holiday shopping
Take Action to Protect Solar
Join us in helping protect the rights of Kentuckians to own solar by submitting a comment to the Public Service Commission before Thursday, November 12! Kentucky Power has opened a case with the PSC to change net metering compensation rates, therefore threatening the future of Kentucky’s rooftop solar industry. The current net-metering policy credits solar owners one-to-one for solar electric fed to the grid; so, if a solar array produces one kWh of electricity, the owner’s electric bill can directly reduced by one kWh.

In contrast, Kentucky Power’s plan:
  • greatly undervalues excess energy fed to the grid
  • ignores rooftop solar’s role in helping with costly peak demands
  • overlooks other documented benefits of solar to climate and health
  • makes solar less affordable, therefore limiting the ability for solar users to pay off their installations
  • could very well kill the local rooftop solar industry, at a time when good-paying and sustainable jobs are desperately needed
Email your comment to Be sure to:
  • include case number 2020-00174 in your subject line and comment
  • use “now is not the time” language
  • emphasize that utility-scale solar is not enough; affordable rooftop solar is needed too
  • express the need for utility companies to prove that solar net metering is actually having a negative impact on customers before making long-lasting changes to the policy
Feel free to share how you might be impacted personally, and you can also utilize additional talking points for customers living in Kentucky Power’s service territory, or for solar advocates living elsewhere.
Our popular Moving Forward Forum series returns! Mark your calendars for
Thursday, December 3 from 6:00 pm-7:15 p.m., when New Pioneers will present a live digital forum focused on conversation easements.

We’ll be joined by Ashley Greathouse, from Bluegrass Land Conservancy, and Billy Van Pelt, from American Farmland Trust, who will help explain what conservation easements are and help participants in considering if their property might be a good fit for this type of land management. Stay tuned for more details.
New Pioneers Launches Instagram Account
We are excited to announce our new Instagram account: @new.pioneers! Be sure to like this account, as our old account will no longer be active. There, we will promote events, distribute content, and share pictures.

And remember to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn too. We appreciate everyone who already supports New Pioneers on these social media platforms!
Sustainability Store Restocked
Just in time for holiday shopping, our Eco-Clean dishcloths have been restocked in our Sustainability Store! Hand-knitted by New Pioneers founder Sister McGowan, these clothes are sturdy, machine washable, and decrease paper towel usage. Available in packs of two for $10, or three for $15.

Check out the full inventory online or stop by the office, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visitors must wear a mask and socially distance.

Smile for New Pioneers
If you’re shopping on Amazon, you can support New Pioneers with each purchase you make! Just use AmazonSmile instead of Amazon. No extra costs, no fees, no differences in your shopping experience – except for 0.5% of your eligible purchases being donated directly to New Pioneers.

  • Sign up, using your Amazon account
  • Choose “New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future Inc” as your charity
Enjoy shopping from your phone? AmazonSmile launched an app earlier this summer:
  • Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  • Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  • Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, it’s time for an update. Click here for instructions.
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