Infrastructure and Utilities

Lowest electric rates

Kentucky enjoys a tremendous competitive advantage in the provision of electric energy, natural gas, and water supply. Kentucky's electric power costs in the industrial sector ranked the lowest in the nation east of the Mississippi for 2012 based on annual rankings compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Kentucky has consistently placed among the lowest cost states for industrial electric power since 1990. In 2012, Kentucky had the sixth lowest industrial electric costs among all fifty states. Kentucky is well served by its abundant coal reserves, its proximity to the natural gas pipeline corridor, and its wealth of water resources.


Kentucky is in the midst of a broadband revolution.

Reliable, high-speed Internet is coming to every county of the state, and supporters say the broadband project will be the key catalyst for profound and sweeping growth in job creation, health access and education.

The statewide KentuckyWired, I-Way broadband network is currently under construction. This network will cover approximately 3,400 miles across the state to bring state-of-the-art Internet access closer to all Kentucky communities.

KentuckyWired will build the state’s middle-mile fiber network and will provide wholesale access to local Internet service providers who can extend fiber to homes and businesses.

The project is being designed, built, operated and maintained through a 30-year public-private-partnership (P3) led by Macquarie Capital and industry partners. These partners have executed community fiber projects across the country, but note that Kentucky’s is the largest P3 fiber partnership in the country, and the only one which is fully open-access.

Logistical advantages

Kentucky is located in the center of eastern U.S. industrial and consumer markets, with its borders within 600 miles of over 60% of the nation’s population, personal income, and manufacturing business establishments. Ten interstate highways and a network of nine state parkways serve the state. Kentucky's intermodal freight and passenger transportation systems have reached out to provide efficient and cost-effective access to all points of the globe. Regional markets are also easily served from Kentucky's strategic location, midway between the large Midwestern and growing Southeastern and Gulf export markets. Visit Kentucky's Logistics Quick Facts to learn more.


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