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Kentucky Energy Summit

Thursday, October 11, 2007
(in celebration of CAER's 30th Anniversary)
Lexington Convention Center - Lexington, Kentucky
Scheduled to begin at 8:00 am
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)
Open to the public

Kristy Allman Monk

Environmental Public Policy Specialist
American Electric Power
Energy Summit Topic: Protecting the Environment, Keeping Electricity Affordable and Reliable, and Powering State Economies

Presentation Abstract:
Electricity can be considered the most important economic engine in states. This power needs to be reliable and low cost for the industrial, commercial and residential customers that use it. The environment needs to be protected while it is produced and delivered. Abundant domestically available fuels, such as coal and renewable resources provide more security for power generation than fuels that are being increasingly imported such as natural gas and oil.

Coal is a dominant fuel of choice to generate electricity in many states and is likely to continue to play an important role in the future. States that use more coal generally enjoy lower retail rates than those that do not as the map below illustrates.

States may be interested in using more coal to moderate electricity price increases because natural gas and oil fuel prices have risen faster and higher than coal. These other fuel costs are expected to remain high. Middle and low-income residential ratepayers are already spending a significant portion of the annual family incomes on energy. Some states are interested in assuring that their fuel sources are secure to maintain reliable power supplies. This is especially critical as domestic natural gas and oil reserves become more limited and the demand for electricity increases.

Kristy Allman Monk serves as environmental public policy specialist for American Electric Power. In this role, she works to develop corporate positions on environmental public policies including climate change and clean energy. She coordinates company interactions across 11 states served by AEP. She actively participates in industry and policymaker coalitions to enact public policies, particularly at regional and state levels, that protect the environment and assure affordable, reliable generation and delivery of electricity. In her previous position at AEP, Ms. Monk served as an environmental audit consultant, where she perform environmental compliance audits at more than 70 AEP generation, distribution, transmission and commercial operations facilities.

Prior to joining AEP, Ms. Monk was a project manager for a government contractor that provided technical support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida for the development and enforcement of regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Ms. Monk received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University.

Kristy Monk replaced Paul Loeffelman on the Kentucky Energy Summit Schedule.