Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Awards $95,176 Energy Grant to the University of Kentucky for Energy Star® Projects

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Chris Gilligan

Consumer outreach, awareness of energy efficiency important to energy strategy

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher awarded a $95,176 grant from the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP) to the University of Kentucky (UK) to promote energy efficiency education throughout the commonwealth.

“Promoting the ENERGY STAR program is a wonderful way to educate consumers about the benefits of energy efficiency,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I encourage all Kentuckians to look for the ENERGY STAR logo when shopping for products that use energy.”

KOEP Acting Executive Director Andrew McNeill presented the grant award to Dr. Larry Turner, Associate Dean for Extension and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agriculture, UK.

“The Cooperative Extension Service is uniquely positioned to assist families and businesses in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties at the local level,” said Dr. Turner.  “I have no doubt that energy will play a pivotal role in the daily lives of Kentuckians and I’m glad that the Cooperative Extension Service can partner with KOEP to help Kentuckians make wise energy decisions.”

The grant will be used to support an ENERGY STAR circuit rider who travels across the state promoting ENERGY STAR at more than 50 events including home and garden shows and electric cooperative annual meetings, as well as a large exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair.  This grant helps to educate UK Cooperative Extension Agents about ENERGY STAR and energy efficient practices.  These agents, in turn, will take the energy efficiency message to Kentuckians in almost every county.

According to McNeill, the KOEP partnership with the UK Cooperative Extension Service is vital to educating consumers, businesses and governments about how they can save energy and reduce expenses. 

“In the face of dramatically increasing energy costs,” said McNeill, “There is no better way to leverage our energy efficiency outreach than through the UK Cooperative Extension’s ENERGY STAR exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair.”  Through this exhibit alone, more than 15 percent of Kentucky’s population has an opportunity to learn about ENERGY STAR.

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.  Among those, the Governor recommended 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.  Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy can be found at the KOEP’s Web site:

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary, government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.  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).  KOEP was recently honored with a 2006 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Outreach award by the U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA.

A copy of Kentucky’s comprehensive energy strategy can be found at