Pike noted as ‘Energy Capital’ at state summitPike noted as ‘Energy Capital’ at state summit
By: Medical Leader Staff-Press Release-Other
Published: 10/19/2007

LEXINGTON — Just two days after his presentation to the Pike County Energy Advisory Board in Pikeville, Southern States Energy Board Executive Director Ken Nemeth took the stage at the Kentucky Energy Summit.

He noted Pike County as “America’s Energy Capital” to the crowd and hailed the Commonwealth’s largest county as “America’s most progressive” in energy policy.

Nemeth, a nationally respected energy leader, had high praise for Pike County’s efforts to develop energy projects based around its immense natural resources.

“Some of the things I see coming out of Pike County in the future will be pretty fantastic,” Nemeth said. He added that the county has taken an initiative unprecedented at the local level as it aims to move forward with an ambitious energy agenda.

Nemeth says if the United States doesn’t find a way to create its own fuel and be less dependent on foreign countries, it could result in an energy crisis. He wants to see a “zero emissions” coalto- liquid synthetic fuel plant in Pike County such as the one that exists in North Dakota.

The Pike County Office of Energy & Technology has been sending DVD's to state leaders showing proof of the zero emissions plant.

Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford attended the summit, held at the Lexington Convention Center, along with Energy and Technology Director Roger Ford.

The summit marked the 13th anniversary of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research.

Presenters at the summit included Nemeth, Jim Cobb, Director the Kentucky Geological Survey, Philip Gibson of Sasol, the South African-based synthetic fuels giant, Ann Korin of the Institute for Analysis of Global Security, Deputy Assistant United States Air Force Secretary Kevin Billings, Nathan Lewis of Cal Tech University, James Dooley of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and Paul Loeffelman of American Electric Power.

Pike County officials in attendance say they learned valuable information and met with energy leaders which will assist them as their work continues.

“Pike County is continuing efforts to move forward with our comprehensive energy strategy, which was developed in partnership with the Southern States Energy Board,” Rutherford said.

“We will continue to be aggressive in promoting ourselves as America’s Energy Capital.”

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