Lieutenant Governor Abramson's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Announces Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Henderson County Courthouse

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 23, 2012  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

HENDERSON, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson today announced energy efficiency improvements to the Henderson County Courthouse that will save state taxpayer dollars and reduce overall energy consumption. 

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson joined local officials to highlight the new energy-efficient lighting and new windows in the courthouse, which were funded by a $125,000 Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant.

“Projects such as these reduce Kentucky’s overall energy dependence, which is a major goal of my seven-point energy strategy,” said Gov. Beshear. “At the same time, it reduces public use energy costs and saves valuable taxpayer dollars.”

The Henderson County Courthouse was originally built in the early 1960s.  The recently installed energy-efficient windows and lighting have greatly improved temperature regulation and helped reduce strain to the building’s electrical system. It is estimated that these investments will pay for themselves in energy cost savings in approximately five years.

“Kentucky continues to make intelligent investments in our communities that will provide long-term solutions to current problems,” said Lt. Governor Abramson. “This funding helps us address the energy inefficiency issues at the Henderson County Courthouse, improve the working conditions for employees and reduce energy bill costs for the county.”

The courthouse project also created jobs and income for Kentucky families, Abramson said, adding that the upgrades were performed by two Kentucky companies that employed local workers.

Henderson County Judge-Executive Hugh McCormick said the energy improvements to the courthouse were essential for employees in the building during the recent winter months.

“The efficiencies have already proven successful during the extremely cold months, and we thank the Beshear administration for this funding and helping us reduce our energy costs and save tax dollars,” he said.

The Kentucky EECBG program is administered through the Department of Local Government and provides $6.25 million to assist local governments in implementing strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions; reduce total energy use; and improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building and other appropriate sectors.  Additional purposes of the EECBG program include spurring economic growth and the creation and/or retention of jobs under ARRA.