Jessamine County Schools was one of 47 Kentucky districts recognized at an event last week for their energy-saving initiatives since January 2011.
The Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS) banquet was Friday, Feb. 3, in Louisville and coincided with the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) annual conference.
Energy-savings efforts in Jessamine County schools are coordinated by John Clemons, a school energy manager the district hired in July 2010 as part of KSBA’s School Energy Managers Project (SEMP). Clemons also works with the Woodford County school district.
Jessamine County received a stewardship award and is in line to get a champion award from KEEPS, Clemons said.
“It’s just a sign that we’re heading in the right direction and there are a lot of good things going on,” Clemons said.
A December report from Clemons estimated nearly $17,000 in energy-cost avoidance in electric and natural-gas bills for December 2011 as compared to December 2009. He has estimated a total cost avoidance of close to $115,000 since the inception of SEMP in 2010.
Energy teams are in place at each school to analyze the facilities’ energy usage and help make behavior modifications.
KEEPS is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded program that provides training, online resources and technical assistance to help Kentucky school districts reduce operational costs through improved energy performance. It is a free, non-regulatory program administered by the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
As participants in the KEEPS program, Kentucky school districts develop energy-management programs based on the U.S. EPA Energy Star seven-step energy management process. KEEPS awards are presented to school districts that reach program development and energy performance milestones throughout the process.
The event Friday also formally introduced the 2011 KEEPS Status Report, which provides an overview of the free and non-regulatory services that KEEPS offers to school districts, summarizes program activities and achievements to date, and highlights the energy use reduction of 71,869 MMBtu and avoided energy costs of more than $4.5 million through best energy-management practices implemented by the districts in fiscal year 2011. The KEEPS Status Report is available to download on the KEEPS website, www.kppc.org/KEEPS.