Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Honors Kentucky's 2006 Energy Star® Award Winners

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 30, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body
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Chris Gilligan
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky became only the fourth state in the nation to be declared an ENERGY STAR partner by the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) during a ceremony today in Frankfort. Governor Ernie Fletcher and representatives of the two federal agencies also recognized Kentucky’s 2006 ENERGY STAR national award winners.

Governor Fletcher Honors Kentucky's 2006 Energy Star® Award WinnersThe ENERGY STAR awards acknowledge leading companies and organizations for their outstanding contributions to environmental protection through energy efficiency.  For the first time, Kentucky had four nationally recognized awardees.

This year, the U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE recognized GE Consumer & Industrial, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy and the McCreary County Community Housing Development Corporation for their outstanding contribution to the ENERGY STAR program.  National ENERGY STAR award winners are selected from over 8,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“Together, these organizations are helping us use less energy, save money, protect the environment and strengthen our economy,” said Governor Fletcher. “I encourage all Kentuckians to look for the ENERGY STAR logo when shopping for products that use energy.” 

Governor Fletcher issued the state’s first comprehensive energy strategy in February 2005 (Kentucky's Energy:  Opportunities for our Future).  It contains 54 recommendations to guide the commonwealth's policy-making as it relates to energy.  Included in the Governor’s recommendations is the development of public-private partnerships to promote energy efficiency through education and outreach.  ENERGY STAR has become one of the catalysts to put that recommendation into action.

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary, government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

A copy of Kentucky’s comprehensive energy strategy can be found at www.energy.ky.gov.

 

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Kentucky’s National 2006 ENERGY STAR Award Recipients:

Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.
ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for Energy Management

In 2005, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America (TMMNA) continued to follow its successful path of continuous improvement by achieving an 8-percent reduction per vehicle in energy consumption. This was accomplished at a time when new manufacturing capabilities were added and total vehicle production increased. In addition to a corporate-wide energy management system, TMMNA completed a study of new generation lighting in its plants. The company also established an energy benchmarking procedure for its North American auto assembly plants using EPA's energy performance indicator.

GE Consumer & Industrial
ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award as a Product Manufacturer

GE Consumer & Industrial has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the sale and promotion of ENERGY STAR qualified products through national, regional and local ENERGY STAR promotions. In 2005, GE Consumer & Industrial aggressively focused on energy efficient products, resulting in significant increases in sales of ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). The number of GE's ENERGY STAR qualified appliance models increased by 22 percent over the previous year. Over 91 percent of GE's CFLs are ENERGY STAR qualified.

Kentucky Office of Energy Policy
Excellence in ENERGY STAR Outreach

The Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP) is recognized for leadership in promoting ENERGY STAR products and practices throughout state government and the Commonwealth.  In 2005, KOEP coordinated a statewide information initiative with First Lady Glenna Fletcher to raise the awareness of ENERGY STAR product benefits.  KOEP encouraged families to join an online pledge to replace a standard household light with an ENERGY STAR qualified model.  Those efforts enabled Kentucky became a national leader among states with the on-line pledge initiative.

McCreary County Community Housing Development Corporation
Special Recognition for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing

The McCreary County Community Housing Development Corporation is being recognized for its mission of “improving the quality of housing in McCreary County, Kentucky.”  All homes built by this agency are affordable and incorporate energy efficiency and healthy home features.  The program includes training homeowners about the value of ENERGY STAR construction standards and teaches them how best to take advantage of these features after purchase.