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Montage - April 2012A Final Message From KEEPS

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, which supports the services that KEEPS provides to Kentucky public school districts, will end April 30, 2012. With the support of ARRA funding, nearly all of Kentucky’s public school districts have discovered ways to better manage their energy use. Over the past two years, Kentucky school district energy-saving initiatives have resulted in energy use reduction of more than 660,000 MMBtu with an energy cost reduction of more than $7.9 million.

Keys to Success
Key components to this success were the individual school districts’ willingness to take ownership of their energy management programs, promote behavior changes that create a culture of best energy management practices and strategically plan for long-term, capital-intensive investments in energy-efficient technology.

School districts that made the most of KEEPS’ free and non-regulatory services and resources proved to be leaders in educating their students, staff and the community about the impact of energy issues and costs, and in exemplifying the environmental and financial benefits of effective and sustainable energy management programs. As a result, these districts provided their students with the opportunity to become the next generation of leaders who find the solutions to our nation’s energy problems.

Assisted by KEEPS, successful school districts have established energy management programs that require leadership, focus and diligent effort by many stakeholders. KPPC continues to pursue funding that would allow KEEPS to respond to the districts’ energy management needs. Such future efforts would likely lend research, support and technical assistance to understanding how energy use is integrated into the complete “sustainability” focus for schools and encourage a healthy environment for learning.

Our Thanks to You
The past two-and-a-half years have been a wonderful and enriching experience for the KEEPS staff. In that time, we have enjoyed the opportunity to work with many talented people from like-minded organizations. We would like to say thank you to the Kentucky Energy in Education Collaborative partner organizations: the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, the Kentucky chapter of the National Energy Education Development Project, the Kentucky School Boards Association, Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and the Kentucky School Plant Management Association.

Also, our thanks go to the school districts for letting us work with you, your schools and of course, the many great people who contributed to the development of your energy management programs. By our account, nearly all Kentucky school districts improved energy management resulting in energy and cost savings.

We know that your efforts will continue to lead toward a future in which energy becomes less costly, more environmentally benign and more secure. Your students will be more aware of the cost of energy embedded in everything they touch and everything they do. This awareness, and the knowledge that energy and its cost can be managed, will make Kentucky's students of today better able to compete in an energy-intensive future.

We are grateful for having had the opportunity to work with you and for allowing us to help shape the vision for your districts’ energy future.

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Program Notes: ARRA Closeout for KEEPS

The following is information about program delivery and available resources leading up to and following the April 30, 2012, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding closeout date for KEEPS.

Available Staff and Contact Information
Reduction of ARRA-funded staff, which includes KEEPS regional coordinators, engineers and energy managers, began in January 2012. Cell phone numbers for KEEPS personnel have been discontinued, and personnel are no longer available to travel to school districts for site visits, energy team meetings or other in-person meetings.

Effective immediately, please call KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center at (502) 852-0965 for all inquiries about energy efficiency and environmental sustainability resources for school districts. Inquiries may also be submitted online. We will do our best to assist you with the staff resources available.

Online Resources
All online school district energy management resources, which include the KEEPS Energy Management Toolkits, recorded webinars and the “Basics of Energy Management” training module will continue to be available at

KEEPS Awards and Recognition Program
As a follow-up to what was reported in the March 2012 issue of KEEPS Moving Forward, the KEEPS Awards and Recognition Program is no longer available. School districts are encouraged to continue to identify ways to garner recognition for their energy management program initiatives. See KEEPS Energy Management Toolkit 7: Recognize Achievements for more information.

KEEPS Moving Forward e-Newsletter
This is the final issue of the KEEPS Moving Forward e-newsletter. News about school district energy program achievements and information about KPPC’s energy efficiency and environmental sustainability resources for school districts will be published in KPPC’s monthly Sustainable Solutions Post e-newsletter.

We encourage you to subscribe to the KPPC Sustainable Solutions Post to stay informed about KPPC's energy efficiency and environmental sustainability resources for school districts. Sustainable Solutions post subscribers also receive special announcements about KPPC-sponsored training and other events.

KEEPS Facebook Page
At this time, the KEEPS Facebook page is scheduled to be taken offline April 30, 2012.

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KPPC Recognized as Energy Star Partner of the Year

KPPC has been chosen as a 2012 Energy Star award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the second consecutive year. The EPA introduced its Energy Star partnership program in 1992 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use. Other Kentucky recipients of the program delivery awards were the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Housing Corp.

KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf (right) and Assistant Director Lissa McCracken (left) accepted the award at a March 15 ceremony in Washington, D.C., from Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch.
Metcalf and McCracken at Energy Star POY Ceremony

"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,” EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said. “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’s programs are designed to help the state reach its goal of reducing state energy consumption by 18 percent by 2025. "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,” KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf said. “That’s why we are committed to providing quality technical assistance, training and resources to our clients.”

KPPC’s recognition was for helping clients build self-sustaining energy management programs. The Center uses Energy Star’s management guidelines for its series of tools, training and other resources for clients and encourages clients to become Energy Star partners, use its tools and participate in its initiatives.

For example, to date, 129 Kentucky school districts have become Energy Star partners through participation in KPPC’s Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools. Last year KPPC conducted 198 on-site energy efficiency assessments that identified ways to produce a projected annual cost savings of $6.5 million. Also, through the Center’s Kentucky Save Energy Now initiative, 26 industrial and commercial facilities have committed to reduce energy use by 2.5 percent annually for 10 years.

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Kudos and Newsmakers

Barren County Celebrates Energy Star Schools

Energy Star LogoKentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday was among those on hand at a recent press conference to present certificates to seven Barren County schools that recently earned Energy Star designations due to their exceptional energy performance. The seven schools to receive the designation are: Austin Tracy Elementary, Barren County Middle School, Eastern Elementary, Hiseville Elementary, Park City Elementary, Red Cross Elementary and Temple Hill Elementary.

“This is an extremely rare occurrence in my view when you have seven schools in one district achieve Energy Star ratings at relatively the same time,” said District Energy Manager Keith Harlow. “It speaks volumes about the commitment of the students and staff members of each school, as well as the leadership from the superintendent and school board.”

As a part of its Energy Star program, the EPA recognizes businesses, public schools and other agencies through an energy performance rating system.  Top performers receive Energy Star certification.

“These students, their energy team sponsors and principals are very deserving to be named top performers and to be recognized by the Commissioner and the EPA in this way,” said Superintendent Bo Matthews.

The Barren County School District is one of seven school districts in Kentucky to earn the KEEPS Stewardship, Champion and Leadership awards for its energy management program that has resulted in substantial savings in both energy used and dollars spent.

Austin Tracy Elementary School in Barren County was one of seven schools in the district to recently earn Energy Star designations. Representing the school at a recent press conference were (from left) Barren County School Board Chairman Robbie Toms, Sponsor Jeanie Rogers, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Terry Holliday, KEEPS Regional Coordinator Kimberly Joseph, School Energy Team Member Garrett Stinson, District Energy Manager Keith Harlow, Principal Scott Harper, KEEPS Acting Program Manager Mike Ruckriegel, School Board Member Charlotte Beals and District Superintendent Bo Matthews.
Austin Tracey Elementary School Energy Star Presentation

In the News

Bullitt County's Brooks Elementary School Shows Off its Energy Efficiency

Students' Project Saves Energy in Bellevue

Kentucky Names Three Green Ribbon Schools

Four More Scott County Schools Earn Energy Star Designations

K-12 Energy Star Partners in Kentucky

Energy Star Partners-Map

Of Kentucky's 174 school districts, 129 (74%) are Energy Star Partners - a 1,180% increase in participation since 2009. Kentucky has the highest percentage of K-12 Energy Star Partners in the country.


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Events and Training Opportunities

Introduction to Renewable Energy

April 17
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Lexington, Kentucky

This workshop will provide an overview of renewable energy technology and outlines the basic principles of solar electricity, wind power electric generation, micro-hydro electric generation, and their application in Kentucky. It is aimed at those in the utility, energy-related business, non-profit, public, and academic sectors who wish to obtain a comprehensive introduction to renewable energy technologies, as well as those interested in the installation of a renewable energy system.

See the University of Kentucky College of Engineering's website for more information and to register.

Upcoming Solar Energy Trainings

Frankfort, Kentucky

The Kentucky Solar Partnership and Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest, with the support of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service, and Kentucky State University, present a series of introductory and advanced training classes on solar photovoltaics, solar water heating systems, and trends in the U.S. solar energy industry. Following is a list of scheduled training from May through July.

  • Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics: May 8-9
  • Solar Site Assessments and PV System Design: May 10
  • Solar Photovoltaics & the National Electric Code: May 11
  • Introduction to Solar Water Heating Systems: June 5-6
  • Solar Industry Trends and New Technologies: June 7
  • Advanced Solar Photovoltaics: July 10-12

Full workshop descriptions and registration information can be found at the Kentucky Solar Partnership's website.


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KEEPS is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the combined efforts of the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, the U.S. Department of Energy and KPPC.


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