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Results Announced for First Year of ARRA-funded KPPC Programs

On January 28, 2011, KPPC hosted a press conference that highlighted recent accomplishments of the Center's KEEPS and Environmental Sustainability programs. Both programs were expanded in early 2010 through funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the U.S. Department of Energy. KPPC administers the programs through a partnership with the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence.

The press conference was held at KPPC's offices at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus and was attended by representatives from federal, state and local government, Kentucky school district superintendents and energy managers, Kentucky business and industry leaders and others. University of Louisville President James Ramsey, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Deputy Secretary Hank List and U.S. Congressional Representative John Yarmuth (3rd District, Kentucky), were among those who commented on how ARRA funds have benefited KPPC, its clients, Kentucky's economy and school system.

KPPC is based at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville and UofL President James Ramsey presided over the press conference. He said that, "This is further proof of the University of Louisville's commitment to our community and state. We're helping schools and businesses across Kentucky save energy and money while benefiting our economy, education system and environment." Energy and Environment Cabinet Deputy Secretary Hank List also stressed state government's strong commitment to energy efficiency. He explained how programs such as those implemented by KPPC are helping to realize Governor Beshear's energy strategy.

Describing how ARRA-funded programs like those implemented by KPPC effect broader goals, Representative Yarmuth said, "It takes a concerted effort and a great deal of thought to figure out how we can create a better energy future and one that will save money. This is not just luck. This is well thought out policy and it is proving to be extremely effective."

KEEPS - Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools - Supports Every Public School District in Kentucky

Based on Energy Management Reports that 56 percent of Kentucky's school districts submitted to KEEPS for both fiscal years 2009 and 2010, integrating best energy management practices into day-to-day operations is worth the effort. Despite the fact that building square footage and student population increased for those districts, more than $3 million in energy cost reduction and almost 600,000 MMBtus in energy use reduction were realized. From fiscal year 2009 to 2010, greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by nearly 24,000 metric tons.

Furthermore, the 34 on-site energy efficiency assessments KEEPS conducted in 2010 identified more than $600,000 in potential annual cost savings. KEEPS utility bill analysis results show refunds, reimbursement or credits from utility services providers totaling more than $200,000 to Kentucky school districts.

Anchorage Independent Schools Superintendent Don Cravens also spoke at the press conference and offered insight into how KEEPS has put his district on the right track for reduced operational expenses through improved energy performance.

"We believe that KEEPS was created to benefit Kentucky's children and Kentucky's schools," said Cravens. "The willingness of the KEEPS staff to help us grow at a pace that is conducive to changing beliefs, practices and behaviors has been very much welcome in our district. Thus far, we have been able to make progress in energy conservation that we would not be able to make on our own. We need that help, and we appreciate it very much."

Environmental Sustainability Program Serves Growing Numbers of Industrial and Commercial Facilities Across Kentucky

In 2010, KPPC's team of engineers served 82 industrial and commercial clients in Kentucky. Through its Environmental Sustainability (ES) program, the Center audited approximately 9.8 million square feet of space and completed 37 assessments. Those assessments identified potential energy savings of 203,800 MMBtu per year, amounting to cost savings of $961,962 per year for our clients.

Through the ES program, KPPC engineers work with industrial and commercial clients to help them build self-sustaining energy programs at their facilities that will continue well into the future. A representative from Reynolds Packaging Group in Louisville spoke at the press conference and described how KPPC has helped the company address its environmental management objectives. Peter Raymond, an Environmental Engineer with Reynolds, explained that, "It’s a confidential, non-regulatory, free service that isn’t selling us anything. They’re trying to help us drive our energy use down. We’ve been able to learn from the experiences of other facilities that KPPC works with."

KPPC began working with Reynolds in August 2009, conducting a utility bill/rate structure analysis for the company. That effort was followed up with a full environmental sustainability assessment in 2010 and a framework for setting up their internal energy team. The company is now implementing some of the energy management opportunities identified in the assessment, and Raymond says, "We will use the money generated through these early successes for long-term capital improvements in our facility."

Through the ARRA-funded expansion of the ES program, KPPC is now working with dozens of new industrial and commercial clients across Kentucky, providing environmental management services like those that are helping the Reynolds facility. KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf says, "We’re hitting the targets we’ve set for technical assistance provided, on-site assessments completed, energy-use reduced and greenhouse gas emissions reduced. We’ve accomplished a lot in the first year of funding, but now our teams are in place, we’re gaining steam, and we’re looking forward to even better results this time next year."

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