December, 2016 – Volume 9, Issue 12
Thirteen Schools in Western Kentucky Earn ENERGY STAR Recognition
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2016) – The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) announced 13 schools in western Kentucky have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification, placing them in the top 25 percent of the most energy-efficient schools nationwide.
By focusing on energy reduction and using resources available from ENERGY STAR, Caldwell County, McCracken County, McLean County, Todd County and Muhlenberg County school districts have saved more than $1 million dollars in the past seven years.
During recognition events in each of the five school districts, representatives from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) presented school officials with certificates signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and EEC Secretary Charles Snavely.
“A school that earns the ENERGY STAR designation has distinguished itself by being among the best performers in conserving energy and saving taxpayer dollars,” said Rick Bender, Executive Advisor of the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence. “These school districts are to be commended for their ongoing commitment to make energy efficiency a priority that continues to pay dividends and will ensure a brighter future for Kentucky’s students. Congratulations on earning this national symbol of excellence.”
The districts and schools recognized for earning ENERGY STAR certification are:
– Caldwell County School District, now with 100 percent of its schools ENERGY STAR certified, including: Caldwell Primary, Caldwell Elementary, Caldwell Middle and Caldwell High schools.
– McCracken County High School
– Mclean County School District’s Calhoun Elementary, Sacramento Elementary, Livermore Elementary and McLean County High School
– Todd County Middle School
– Muhlenberg County School District’s Greenville Elementary, Central City Elementary, Muhlenberg South Elementary, and Muhlenberg County High School East Campus
“With rising energy costs the second highest line item in a school’s budget, superintendents and boards of education are taking action to achieve savings through energy management,” said Ron Willhite, Director of the KSBA School Energy Managers Project (SEMP). “School energy managers play a key role in many districts by consistently making energy efficiency a standard component of a school’s operating platform and by identifying projects to maximize savings.”
Willhite said these efforts have produced an 18 percent energy reduction in the five school districts since FY2010, with more than $1.7 million dollars saved — money that is put to better use, educating students. ENERGY STAR schools use, on average, 35 percent less energy than similar schools across the nation.
The KSBA-SEMP program has supported energy efficiency initiatives in Kentucky’s 173 school districts since 2010 by identifying resources to place energy managers in schools and by providing technical and administrative assistance. ENERGY STAR has remained the operational framework for advancing energy efficiency practices in many school district portfolios.
For more information about the KSBA School Energy Management Program, contact Ron Willhite, (800) 372-2962.
For more information about ENERGY STAR certification in commercial buildings, including K-12 schools visit: https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/about-us/find-energy-star-certified-buildings-and-plants
Electric Vehicles in Kentucky
In 1834, a Vermont blacksmith, Thomas Davenport built a prototype electric motor, which he used in a model car, paving the way for electric vehicles in America. Thomas Edison jumped in around 1889 with a nickel-alkaline battery powered vehicle and by 1900’s; the first hybrid vehicles with names like Porsche were winning automotive races.
Long before Henry Ford’s assembly line would change the automotive world forever, Americans loved their electric vehicles. They were status symbols — fast, reliable and could perform where fuel wasn’t yet available. But by the 1920s, the American transportation culture would change and so would our automobiles. As our roads and highways grew and improved, Americans were on the move with the gasoline infrastructure in place to support the new, cheaper, gasoline-powered vehicles. The electric vehicle would fade to the background, with enthusiasts here and there, and wouldn’t make resurgence until 1997 when Toyota unveiled the “first” production hybrid vehicle. Has America’s car culture changed enough to embrace the electric vehicle again?
Today, consumers can find hybrid electric vehicles in 60 different car models and can find more than 25 different models of plug-in electric vehicles. But decreased gas consumption and lower tail pipe emissions aren’t the only factor driving electric vehicles. Electric utilities are pushing charging infrastructure in expectation that if the infrastructure is in place then more people will buy an electric vehicle. In fact, Louisville Gas & Electric\ Kentucky Utilities received approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to place 10 charging stations in public access areas and offer business customers the opportunity to host charging stations.
In Kentucky, the use of electric vehicles is low, giving us the perfect opportunity to plan for growth. For 2015, there were approximately 300 electric vehicles registered with the Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation, with about half of those being low-speed vehicles. The typical all–electric, plug-in vehicles are around $30,000-$40,000 and have a driving range of about 100 miles between charges but some can extend up to 300 miles – with a corresponding price tag increase. But for those long trips across Kentucky, the Alternative Fuels Data Center lists 58 public charging stations that offer a total of 139 public charging outlets in Kentucky. These charging stations can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 8 hours to charge a vehicle, depending on the type of charger.
Evidence suggests that the tide is shifting towards alternative-fueled vehicles. The Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet continues to work with stakeholders such as the automakers, utilities, the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition and EVolve KY, Kentucky’s electric vehicle owner’s group, on all these electric-vehicle issues.
Read the full article about electric vehicles in Kentucky on the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Webzine site.
Funding Available through Source Water Protection Assistance Program
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2016) – Source water protection is a common sense approach to guarding public health by protecting drinking water supplies. The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is pleased to make funding available for source water protection projects.
The Source Water Protection Assistance Program (SWPAP) is designed to provide communities with monies to develop and implement projects within a one-year time frame to protect public drinking water sources.
Funding is limited to public water systems, municipal entities, water or conservation districts, units and subunits of local governments, associations, educational institutions and some nonprofits under 26 U.S.C. sec.501 (c)(3), and cannot exceed $60,000 per project.
Eligible activities include those projects that lead to a reduced risk of degradation or contamination of the drinking water source. Projects must contribute to improved protection of one or more active or planned public drinking water supply sources and are expected to provide long-term benefits to source water quality.
Projects that implement measures to address conditions or contaminants that could have a negative effect on drinking water sources are eligible for funding. Examples of eligible projects include identification, removal or management of contaminant sources, source area security measures, and public education/outreach.
DOW encourages projects that support a Source Water Protection or Wellhead Protection Plan and demonstrate a high likelihood of effective implementation. If you have a source water protection project that has the potential to be implemented within one year and would like to pursue funding, you are encouraged to contact DOW staff with any questions regarding proposed projects and eligibility criteria.
Project Applications and Guidelines are available on the Division of Water website at http://water.ky.gov/groundwater/Pages/SWPAssistanceProgram.aspx, and must be submitted to DOW before March 1, 2017 for consideration.
For more information, contact Laura Norris at 502-782-7029 or Laura.Norris@ky.gov.
More information is available at http://eec.kentucky.gov
KPPC Offices Closed for the Holidays
The Shelby Campus offices of KPPC will be closed during the University of Louisville’s scheduled holiday break beginning on December 26, 2015. You can leave us a voice mail message at (502) 852-0965 or use “Contact KPPC” to send an email message.
The offices will open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Kentucky Energy Savings Dashboard
The Commonwealth Energy Management and Control System (CEMCS) public dashboard tracks the progress of energy and cost savings initiatives for buildings throughout Kentucky.
The CEMCS is an innovative software application which is integrated to utility company billing, building automation systems and statewide accounting systems.
The data collected from these sources enables the identification of energy-saving opportunities and verification of corrective actions that reduce energy use, and thus allows the Commonwealth to operate as much as 25% more efficiently in integrated facilities.
Energy savings and utility usage are tracked by total energy or focused views by electric, natural gas, water & sewer or greenhouse gas emissions. A listing of buildings that are being tracked is also provided where individual energy performance is presented in real time.
Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report
The Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report aims to increase the understanding of the economic implications of material reuse and recycling. How our society uses materials is fundamental to our economic and environmental future. Global competition for finite resources will intensify as world population and economies grow. More productive and less impactful use of materials helps our society remain economically competitive, contributes to our prosperity and protects the environment in a resource-constrained future. By converting waste materials into valuable raw materials, recycling creates jobs, builds more competitive manufacturing industries and significantly contributes to the U.S. economy.
The 2016 REI Report includes updated information about the number of recycling jobs, wages, and tax revenue. The report shows that recycling and reuse of materials creates jobs, while also generating local and state tax revenues.
See What’s New at ESRC
The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), a national network of regional information centers. The objective of the ESRC is to provide technical environmental sustainability information and training to industrial service providers. The primary service area for the ESRC is EPA Region 3 & 4. Region 3 includes Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, D.C., Delaware and Maryland. Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. ESRC resources and staff are available to users in industry, consulting and universities. Please visit the ESRC website or call toll free (855) 531-3772 for more information.
GreenBiz – Sustainability News & Resources
GreenBiz advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. Through its websites, events, peer-to-peer network and research, GreenBiz promotes the potential to drive transformation and accelerate progress — within companies, industries and in the very nature of business. Since 1991, GreenBiz has chronicled and been a catalyst for thought leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz Website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
Portfolio Manager Series
101 – December 27 at 1:00 pm EDT – Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
201 – December 28 at 1:00 pm EDT – Learn more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
301 – December 29 at 1:00 pm EDT – Learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
View recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.
Triple Bottom Line
January 12 at 1:00 pm EDT – Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental and financial. Many organizations have adopted the TBL framework to evaluate their performance in a broader perspective to create greater business value.
Join in a conversation with Dr. Steven Dunn to learn more about TBL, how your company can get started implementing a TBL framework and how you can improve your existing system. Dr. Dunn teaches in the University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh’s innovative Sustainability Management Minor and serves as Chair of the Finance and Business Law Department in the College of Business.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.