Woodford County Receives Over $84,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Grant Award

Press Release - 08/30/2019

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Woodford County Receives Over $84,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Grant Award

Funding Will Improve Efficiency and Reduce Public Energy Costs

FRANKFORT, KY (August 30, 2019) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced an Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) grant of $84,028.84 to Woodford County for an energy conservation project.

The EEC grant will assist county government to make energy efficient upgrades to various public facilities through Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC). This turnkey service provides local officials with a means to finance facility improvements, address deferred maintenance and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through utility cost savings.

The Woodford County Fiscal Court will be awarded funds to go towards the county's ESPC. The proposed ESPC will potentially include the County Courthouse, Detention Center, Parks and Recreation Facility, Animal Control Facility and EMS Station. The project will make several improvements to these facilities that will result in both energy savings and a reduction in operational expenses.

The proposed improvements include but are not limited to HVAC upgrades, controls upgrades, LED lighting replacement and retrofit, and other energy savings measures.

“With this grant award, Woodford County will be able to provide considerable improvements in energy efficiency at various county facilities,” said DLG Commissioner Dunahoo. “I’m proud that this grant will help the county to better conserve public funds through better energy efficiency.”

“I’m excited to see that Woodford County has been selected as a recipient of these EEC grant funds,” said state Senator Julian Carroll. “These funds will allow for upgrades to our facilities that will lead to cost-savings to the taxpayers. Many thanks to all parties involved in coordinating this grant award.”

“Woodford County is eager to reduce our energy consumption and increase efficiency at our county facilities,” said state Representative Joe Graviss. “I appreciate everyone who worked hard to secure this important grant.”

“I’m thankful to Governor Bevin and Kentucky’s Department for Local Government for awarding federal funding to Woodford County officials for an Energy Savings Performance Contract to help not only save energy, but also reduce operational expenses,” said Rep. Andy Barr. “In Congress, I’m happy to support U.S. Department of Energy grants like this one that offer economic growth opportunities in our Sixth District communities.”

The EEC Grant program is part of an on-going effort by DLG in cooperation with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Energy Development and Independence to assist city and county governments to reduce energy consumption and lower overall utility costs.

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