Kentucky Energy Alliance meets at LG&E Trimble County Station
Industries gather for Roundtable and Facility Tour.
Industry and state government representatives joined KPPC May 12, 2011, for the second meeting of the Kentucky Energy Alliance (KEA). Thirty-five people attended the meeting, which was held at the LG&E Trimble County Generating Station in Bedford, KY. Attendees received an overview of the plant's processes, source materials, by-products and capacity. LG&E speakers outlined the company's energy efficiency programs and the environmental considerations featured in the plant's recent expansion.
Jeff Hosp, Maintenance Manager for General Cable, provided a brief case history of his facility's recent energy efficiency efforts, highlighting the cost savings and significant reductions in energy usage achieved over the past three years. General Cable develops, designs and manufactures wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. Their facility in Lawrenceburg, KY, was built in 1974 to make telephone cables and has expanded over time. Mr. Hosp outlined some of the steps the company has taken to improve its efficiency, including working with KPPC to conduct a baseline assessment of its energy use, modernizing some of its equipment and encouraging behavioral changes among its employees.
During the KEA roundtable discussion, attendees talked about their concerns and experiences in trying to improve energy efficiency at their facilities through power factor adjustments, installing new capacitor technologies and developing support from upper management to operations staff.
Kentucky Save Energy Now Awards:
Twenty-three companies have now signed on to the Kentucky Save Energy Now (KY SEN) initiative, pledging to reduce energy use at their facilities by 2.5 percent per year for 10 years.
The three newest KY SEN pledgers were recognized during the May 12 KEA meeting, along with three pledgers who have reached the next level in the five-level awards program. Accepting awards at the meeting were: Republic Conduit (level-three), Cardinal Aluminum and Topy America, Inc. (both level-one).
Two existing KY SEN pledgers were also recognized for successfully moving their energy management program up to level-two in the process: General Cable of Lawrenceburg and Hausner Hard-Chrome of Owensboro. Level-two pledgers have instituted an energy management policy, established a cross-functional energy team and attended energy management training.
Save the Date:
The next Kentucky Energy Alliance Roundtable and Facility Tour will be held August 5, 2011, at the United States Playing Card Company in Erlanger, KY.
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