| Grad Talina Mathews Heads Office of Energy Policy
Governor Ernie Fletcher has named Dr. Talina R. Mathews as the new executive director of the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy. Mathews was formerly an economist with the Office of Energy Policy. The promotion is effective immediately.
Dr. Talina Mathews
"Dr. Mathews has the diverse background needed to oversee the Office of Energy Policy," said Governor Fletcher. "Her education and experience with energy and environmental issues make her uniquely qualified to lead this office."
Prior to coming to the Office of Energy Policy, Mathews worked for the Kentucky Public Service Commission and the Department for Environmental Protection. Mathews received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in economics from the University of Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and economics from Berea College.
"I look forward to working with all stakeholders to implement the recommendations in Kentucky's comprehensive energy strategy," said Mathews. "By focusing on value-added industries which efficiently utilize our energy resources, the Commonwealth can grow its economy while helping to supply the energy needs of the country."
The Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP) was created in June 2005 to oversee the implementation of Kentucky's comprehensive energy strategy (Kentucky's Energy: Opportunities for Our Future), as developed by the Governor's Energy Policy Task Force. The 54 recommendations that make up the strategy embody Governor Fletcher's guiding principles for Kentucky's energy future:
* Maintain Kentucky's low-cost energy
* Responsibly develop Kentucky's energy resources
* Preserve Kentucky's commitment to environmental quality.
Governor Fletcher issued the state's first comprehensive energy strategy in February 2005.