Office of Energy Policy
Governor Fletcher Awards $170,000 in Energy Grants to Benefit Kentucky’s Schools

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 27, 2005  
Contact Information:  Lola Lyle

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced December 22 that $170,000 in grants has been awarded by the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP) to benefit Kentucky Schools. 

On December 20, Education Cabinet Secretary Virginia Fox, KOEP Acting Executive Director Andrew McNeill and John Davies, Director of the Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, presented the grant awards to Karen Reagor with the Kentucky NEED Project and Melissa Howell with the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC), both non-profit organizations.  According to Executive Director McNeill, “These grants reflect Governor Fletcher’s commitment toward energy education and the increased use of biodiesel in our public school bus fleets.”

Kentucky NEED received a $100,000 grant for the design and delivery of an energy education program for teachers and students in grades K-12.  Kentucky NEED is the state affiliate of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.  The  NEED Project is dedicated to comprehensive, hands-on energy education.  Materials and activities are designed to promote a non-biased understanding of the economic and environmental trade-offs of energy consumption and production so that students will be able to make educated decisions in the future.  NEED programs traditionally increase interest and knowledge of energy and energy issues.  This grant will be used by Kentucky NEED to fund an EnergySmart Schools Coordinator, host teacher-student workshops and purchase NEED curriculum materials. To learn more about Kentucky NEED, contact Karen Reagor at (859) 578-0312.

KCFC received a $49,993 grant to establish a network of Kentucky public school bus fleets interested in using biodiesel or biodiesel blends.  Grant funds will be used to buy-down the cost of biodiesel. Schools that wish to apply for the funds can review the request for proposal at

Another $20,000 grant was awarded to KCFC to provide partial funding for program administration of Kentucky’s Clean Cities Program.  The goal of KCFC is to improve air quality and support economic development across Kentucky by promoting the use of clean fuels. 

The funding for these programs is from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program.  The ability to leverage federal funding for these energy programs meets goals outlined in Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy, Kentucky’s Energy – Opportunities for our Future, issued in February 2005.  The strategy contains 54 recommendations to guide the Commonwealth’s energy policy and programs.  Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy can be found at the KOEP’s Web site:



Photo Caption:  Education Cabinet Secretary Virginia Fox, KOEP Acting Executive Director Andrew McNeill and Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Director John Davies (far right) present a grant award to Karen Reagor of the Kentucky NEED Project and Melissa Howell of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition.