Kentucky Energy Alliance meets in Elizabethtown
Industries gather for Roundtable and Facility Tour.
Following the KEA meeting, attendees were offered a tour of the Pearl Hallow Landfill Generating Station.
The fifth Kentucky Energy Alliance (KEA) meeting was held in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on April 4, 2012, bringing together 29 industry and state government representatives. KEA meetings provide a forum for energy managers, facility engineers and operators from various industries to discuss their experiences and to learn from one another with respect to energy management at their facilities.
At the April meeting, KPPC provided an update on the program and the activities of the Center, including ISO-50001 efforts and funding changes. Executive Director Cam Metcalf also recognized five companies for their recent progress in the Kentucky Save Energy Now program. Finally, two member companies, Republic Conduit and Sypris Technologies, both of Louisville, detailed their recent energy management activities and successes.
During the KEA roundtable discussion, attendees talked about their personal experiences in trying to improve energy efficiency at their facilities through lighting upgrades, compressed air audits, sub-metering and wastewater treatment. The group also talked at length about the effect that changing the behaviors and habits of employees can have on the success of energy management programs.
Agreeing that behavioral change is a critical component of effective energy management, attendees described the challenges they have faced in bringing about such change. One attendee stressed that, "probably the most paramount thing you can engage in is behavioral change." Another agreed that it is worth it, but it takes time to see the results. Addressing behavioral change is part of the energy management process, and "sometimes insignificant things (like turning off the lights) become significant when you factor in behavior and the habits of individual employees."
Following the KEA meeting, attendees were offered a tour of the Pearl Hollow Landfill Generating Station, operated by the Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation. The station uses the methane gas produced from decaying garbage to power three generators at the landfill, generating up to 2.4 megawatts of electricity.