Run for the Roses

Grab your fancy hats, mint juleps and head over to Kentucky for the Kentucky Derby, the oldest continuously held horse race in the country hosted at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Kentucky Derby is also known as the “Run for the Roses” because of the blanket of 554 red roses traditionally awarded to the winner after the race.

Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass state and is the next feature of energy data in our United States of Energy data series. Ranked number 10 in residential electricity prices averaging $8.57 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants in the state include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas. Coal is the primary cause of emissions with natural gas following in second. Kentucky ranks third in the nation in coal production. Nearly one-third of all the coal mines in the nation are found in Kentucky.

Did you know? Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States. At Christmastime, Mammoth Cave hosts the Christmas Sing. People come to hear Christmas carols echoing through the cave.

So I guess not all people go to Kentucky for the bourbon and the horse!

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