Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher awards $170,000 in energy grants to benefit Kentucky's schools

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker

Biodiesel and Energy Education are Important Components of Governor’s Energy Strategy

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that $170,000 in grants has been awarded by the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP). These awards reflect the continued implementation of the Governor’s comprehensive energy strategy: Kentucky’s Energy – Opportunities for Our Future

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. Governor Fletcher’s energy strategy called for the identification of “opportunities to strengthen K-12 energy education.” (Recommendation 9) 

“Energy education at all levels is important to ensure that Kentuckians are informed consumers of energy resources and understand the important environmental issues surrounding energy consumption,” said Governor Fletcher. “Energy education should begin early in life and this award to Kentucky NEED will help begin that process.” 

The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC) received a $49,993 grant to establish a network of Kentucky public school bus fleets interested in using biodiesel or biodiesel blends.   

The Governor’s energy strategy specifically recommended that “The Commonwealth of Kentucky should design policies to promote the utilization of a 20 percent blend of biodiesel in the public school bus fleet.” (Recommendation 12) 

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.   

“Kentucky’s energy future is based upon mutually inclusive goals: responsibly develop Kentucky’s energy resources and remain committed to environmental quality,” Governor Fletcher said. “Enhanced utilization of biodiesel and other renewable energies will provide new markets for Kentucky’s farming community while providing significant environmental benefits.” 

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 the goals outlined in Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy.   

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: