Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ Who Powers You contest is back for 2023, and now is the time to think about who powers your community. You can nominate someone who plays a vital role in your community by going to

If you know of someone who’s making a positive impact on the environment in their community, nominate them for Who Powers You. If someone you know is modeling positive environmental behavior such as organizing cleanups, planting trees or working to make their community a nicer, more beautiful place to live, they could be rewarded for their efforts.

Nominees are eligible to win cash prizes – $1,000 for the winner, $750 second and $250 for third place.

The #WhoPowersYou contest in which we invite the public to submit photos and stories about co-op members who are making a positive impact in their co-op community.

The 2022 winner and Owen Electric member David Lilly was nominated for his extensive volunteerism to help those who are less fortunate in his community. Lilly is the board chair for Meeting the Needs Ministry, a non-profit in Owen County that serves disadvantaged youth and seniors. “David Lilly might just be the busiest guy there is,” said Whitney Duvall, who nominated Lilly for the award. A retiree, Lilly volunteers his time and energy to collect food, hygiene products and commodities for people and families in need in the Owenton area, a place where the need is great. “The ultimate goal of the program is to make sure nobody goes hungry,” Lilly said.

The contest was created to reward and support co-op members who are making a difference in the communities served by Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Co-ops serve more than 1.1 million people in 89 counties.

To make a nomination, go to You’ll simply share a photo of the nominee and a brief description of how he or she makes a difference in the community.

Nominees must also be at least 18 years old, a member of Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives (see website for complete list of co-ops) and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

The contest begins Oct. 1, 2023 and ends Oct. 31. Winners will be selected by a panel of out-of-state judges.

*Sponsored by Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives