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Kentucky turns the lights off for Earth Hour

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) -

The lights are out at Kentucky's Capitol in Frankfort for Earth Hour.

Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear pledged to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday night beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is an international movement to urge everyone to turn off the lights for one hour in recognition of the need for energy conservation.

"Once again, we will proudly dim the lights at Kentucky's Capitol in support of Earth Hour to demonstrate our commitment to reducing energy usage in state government and in our Commonwealth," said Gov. Beshear. "Our state remains a national leader in developing and promoting progressive energy conservation measures, so we recognize the importance of taking small, everyday actions, like turning off lights and appliances when not in use."

Non-essential lights, including the Capital Dome and spotlights, were turned off in a stand for saving energy.

Kentucky was recently recognized as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"I am proud of the many great accomplishments Kentucky has made in the past few years on saving energy in state buildings and facilities and engaging businesses, schools, agriculture, industry, local communities and citizens to embrace energy efficiency in their daily lives," said Gov. Beshear.

Several other cities and iconic landmarks participated in Earth Hour, including the Vegas Strip.

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