KPPC Named 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes KPPC as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for second consecutive year.
KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf (right) and Assistant Director Lissa McCracken (left) with Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch
KPPC-Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center continues to set the standard for delivering energy efficiency and environmental technical assistance services. On March 15, KPPC was presented with the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for Program Delivery at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. It is the second year in a row that the Center has earned the recognition.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that promotes cost savings through the use of energy-saving products and practices. The Energy Star Partner of the Year Award is given to organizations for their outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering information and services to its clients to increase energy efficiency and reduce air pollution. An Energy Star Partner since 2005, KPPC was honored for its work to increase market share of energy-efficient Energy Star qualified services and programs through comprehensive outreach, education and marketing programs.
"As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star program, the EPA is proud to recognize KPPC as an Energy Star Partner of the Year," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "KPPC and all of our Energy Star award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health and our future."
KPPC delivers a portfolio of programs that use Energy Star’s seven-step Guidelines for Energy Management to help its clients build self-sustaining energy management programs that realize year-over-year energy and cost savings. Through its Environmental Sustainability program and KEEPS - Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools, KPPC promotes Energy Star processes and resources in an effort to encourage behavioral and operational changes that implement best energy management practices as an effective business model. KPPC's programs are designed to help Kentucky reach its goal of reducing per capita energy consumption by at least 25 percent of the state’s 1990 per capita energy use by 2012 and meeting 18 percent of the state’s energy needs from efficiency improvements by the year 2025.
Among KPPC’s recent accomplishments are:
- In 2011, KPPC conducted 198 on-site energy efficiency assessments that identified more than 490,000 MMBtus in potential energy savings with projected annual cost savings of more than $6.5 million.
- Through school districts’ participation in KEEPS, the number of Kentucky’s K-12 Energy Star Partners has grown to 128 - a 1,180 percent increase in participation since 2009. Kentucky boasts the highest percentage (74 percent) of K-12 Energy Star Partners in the country.
- Through KPPC’s Kentucky Save Energy Now initiative, 26 industrial and commercial facilities have committed to reducing energy use by 2.5 percent per year for 10 years.
"We want Kentucky to be an example of how businesses, industries, schools and other organizations can realize year-over-year energy and cost savings through efficient and effective energy management and environmental sustainability programs," said KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf. "That's why we are committed to providing quality technical assistance, training and resources to our clients."
Based at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering, KPPC has provided free, confidential and non-regulatory environmental technical assistance throughout Kentucky since 1994.