Now Available: The 2011 KEEPS Status Report
The 2011 KEEPS Status Report shows school district energy-saving initiatives that resulted in more than $4 million in avoided energy costs.
KEEPS - Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools, recently released its 2011 KEEPS Status Report (PDF, 8.8 MB). This is the third report published since 2010 when American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding expanded the program to serve all 174 of Kentucky's public school districts. The 2011 KEEPS Status Report provides an overview of the free and non-regulatory services that KEEPS provides to school districts, summarizes program activities and achievements to date, and highlights avoided energy costs through best energy management practices implemented by the districts. KEEPS is administered by KPPC - Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
"It's amazing what KEEPS has accomplished in just two years," said KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf. "Kentucky's school districts are setting the national standard for energy efficiency. Our Commonwealth now boasts the highest percentage (70%) of K-12 Energy Star partners in America, and several districts have received statewide and national recognition for their successful energy management programs. KEEPS is proud to be part of that success."
In 2011, Kentucky's school districts faced several challenges with respect to managing energy costs and consumption. Increases in utility rates, the number of heating and cooling degree days and an increase in square footage of facilities contributed to more than $5.5 million in total energy costs for 124 of 174 Kentucky school districts. Faced with these challenges, many districts turned to KEEPS to help reduce operating costs through improved energy performance. Fiscal year 2011 energy management reports, which school district energy managers submitted to KEEPS, show that energy costs would be much higher if not for school district energy-saving initiatives, which resulted in an energy usage reduction of 71,869 MMBtu and an energy cost avoidance of $4,580,000.
"These avoided costs help retain jobs in our school districts, bring more resources to the classrooms and provide a healthy, positive and productive learning environment for our students and teachers," said Metcalf.
KEEPS program highlights for 2011 include the development of the KEEPS Energy Management Toolkits, a series of self-guided, online energy management training modules that facilitate school districts' progress through the Energy Star seven-step energy management framework. These free training modules provide guidance for school district energy teams to develop energy management programs, assess the energy performance of district facilities and create an action plan to achieve district-wide and school-specific energy performance goals.
In February 2011, KEEPS introduced its awards and recognition program, which acknowledges school districts that reach milestones in the seven-step Energy Star framework. As of December 16, 2011, 25 school districts earned KEEPS energy efficiency awards.
The 2011 KEEPS webinar series, which showcased KEEPS resources and successful school district energy-saving initiatives, drew more than 300 attendees, and more webinars are planned for 2012. Throughout the Commonwealth, KEEPS hosted or participated in 64 training events, workshops or other outreach activities, and the KEEPS Moving Forward e-newsletter is deployed to more than 800 subscribers.
From January 2010 through December 2011, KEEPS conducted 190 on-site energy efficiency assessments, which identified a potential reduction of energy consumption of 212,781 MMBtu per year representing avoided energy costs of $3,306,000.
ARRA funding for KEEPS will end in April 2012. Like many state and federally sponsored programs, the scope and breadth of services that KEEPS provides after April will be determined by available funding opportunities.
"The KEEPS Status Report shows a demonstrated need for KEEPS to continue to offer its services to Kentucky's school districts," said Metcalf. "Energy efficiency is a proven, educational, fiscal and environmental model for success. KEEPS provides a nationally recognized training system that drives that success, and we want that momentum to continue."
The complete 2011 KEEPS Status Report is available on the "Publications" page of KPPC's website. Use the KEEPS Online Request Form to submit questions, comments or requests for hard copies of the 2011 KEEPS Status Report or call (800) 334-8635, extension 8520965.