plugged in 300HENDERSON, KY (11/1/12) – The fourth annual Plugged in Energy Week, sponsored by the Northwest Kentucky Energy Initiative, will take place next week with a series of events designed to provide education about and support for the energy industry.
The events include:
- Thursday, Nov. 1: Jack Groppo and Robert Pace, researchers at UK Center for Applied Energy Research, are going to present a seminar to high school students titled “Energy and Science Matter.” More than 100 students from Union and Henderson County high schools who have shown interest in energy are scheduled to attend the workshop, which will take place at the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy in Morganfield. Selected Job Corps students will also take part in the workshop.
- Thursday, Nov. 1: Bill Bissett, director of the Kentucky Coal Association, will speak to the Rotary Club of Henderson. For information on how to attend the Rotary luncheon as a guest, contact Julie Wischer at 827-7700.
- Friday, Nov. 2: Alliance Coal will host Coal Days at the John Arnold Arena in Sturgis and will also provide lunch for the students attending the event. Students from Union, Webster, Henderson, and Crittenden counties will attend the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will be able to observe an intercompany mine safety competition, talk with exhibitors, and participate in presentations about energy-related careers for students.
The Plugged In Energy Awareness Day was coordinated by Darrel Pfingston, who is the Kentucky Public Schools Energy Manager for Union, Henderson and Crittenden counties. The seminar for high school students was facilitated by Shiela Medina, UK CAER’s Associate Director for Development and Community Engagement, and Sarah Mardon. Nyra Syers-Ford, Job Corps Business and Community Liaison, arranged for the Job Corps to provide lunch, meeting space, and a tour of their on-site renewable energy sources for the students. The Henderson Rotary Club speaker was coordinated by Brad Schneider, president of the Henderson-Henderson Chamber of Commerce. Coal Days was facilitated by Kim Humphrey, director of community and employee programs for River View Coal, LLC.
In addition to the events that will be held October 30-November 2, Pfingston presented information to the Morganfield Lions Club on Oct. 19 to inform them of these upcoming events.
The programs are underwritten by the Northwest Kentucky Energy Initiative, a cooperative effort of the fiscal courts in Henderson, Union and Webster counties, Northwest Kentucky Forward, Union County First and the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.
"Energy and all its related industries are a crucial segment of our regional economy,” Schneider said, "so it's as important as ever that we do all we can to support and promote energy producers, educate our students and the public about energy and work to draw more investment in energy to Northwest Kentucky. Energy Week helps us do all those things."
The initiative's goal is to support the region's energy producers, help develop work force training opportunities in energy-related fields and promote northwest Kentucky as a potential leader in energy technology and innovation.
More information about the initiative is available at
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