Office of Energy Policy
Kentucky Joins ENERGY STAR Challenge

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Lola Lyle


Governor’s Strategy Calls for State Government to “Lead the Way” On Energy Efficiency


FRANKFORT, Ky. Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that Kentucky has joined a national challenge to improve the energy efficiency of state-owned buildings by 10 percent or more. This represents another step in the implementation of Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy: Kentucky’s Energy – Opportunities for Our Future.


“My energy strategy called for state government to lead the way in promoting energy efficiency,” said Governor Fletcher. “This is yet another tangible initiative to follow through with that commitment.”


The Governor’s energy strategy called for the “Commonwealth of Kentucky (to) develop and implement policies that encourage sustainable practices, products and energy efficiency.” (Recommendation 2)


The ENERGY STAR Challenge calls on governments, businesses and institutions across the country to take the right steps to identify the many buildings where financially attractive improvements can reduce energy use by 10 percent or more, and to make the improvements now through proven methods such as low-cost building tune-ups, lighting upgrades and replacement of old equipment.  


The ENERGY STAR Challenge provides field-tested tools and guidelines which can produce energy savings to reduce operational costs for Kentucky’s state agencies


Last February, Governor Fletcher signed an executive order that established the Utility Savings Council in the Finance and Administration Cabinet (FAC) to evaluate energy costs throughout state government. 


The Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP) secured a $60,000 federal grant for FAC that provides supplemental funding for a utility savings program manager.  The utility savings program manager began work on November 1, 2005.


ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that helps businesses, state and local governments, and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.  See for more information.


Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy can be found at KOEP’s Web site: