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Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 573-2382
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Energy Efficiency & Conservation


  • Earthwell Delivers 2.1 MW of
    Solar Energy Capacity to Fort Knox


    Earthwell Delivers 2.1 MW of Solar Energy Capacity to Fort Knox

    Fort Knox flips the switch on a 2.1 MW solar PV installation, taking a leadership position within U.S. government energy efficiency initiatives. The cost-neutral project will produce over 2.5 million kWh of renewable energy annually, offset 6-million pounds of CO2 per year, and has supported 421 jobs. Fort Knox activated its recently completed solar photovoltaic (PV) installation today, bringi...(MORE)

  • Louisville Metro Announces $27 Million Deal for Energy Efficient Upgrades


    Louisville Metro Announces $27 Million Deal for Energy Efficient Upgrades

    A new public-private partnership will provide energy efficient upgrades to government buildings across Louisville—at no upfront cost to Louisville Metro Government. Johnson Controls will pay nearly $27 million to replace inefficient chillers and boilers, update old electrical systems and install solar-powered hot water heaters. Metro Government will in turn make annual payments to the company f...(MORE)

  • Madisonville Energy Efficiency Project


    Madisonville Energy Efficiency Project

    Madisonville replaced twelve old traffic control devices with LED lights, replaced nine HVAC units in several city buildings and installed a reflective, energy efficient roof system at city hall. ...(MORE)

  • Berea's Energy Future


    Berea's Energy Future

    Berea used EECBG funds for the design and implementation of a solar farm which enabled interested utility customers to enter into a long-term lease of solar panels and receive credit for electricity generated. The initial array consisted of sixty 235 watt panels; these were leased within days of the announcement and an additional sixty panels were added. ...(MORE)

  • Murray North 16th Street Sidewalk Project


    Murray North 16th Street Sidewalk Project

    To encourage walking and biking, the City of Murray constructed 4375 feet of sidewalk along a section of North 16th Street connecting a number of apartment complexes to the Murray State University, significantly reducing vehicular traffic to campus. ...(MORE)



    In the fall of 2009, the Department for Local Government (DLG) entered into an agreement with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to administer the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program to units of local government that were not eligible for the direct EECBG entitlement grants. EECBG was designed to invest in the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable energy technologies – energy efficiency and conservation.

    The program has allowed local communities to make strategic investments – from efficiency upgrades in lighting and HVAC systems to investments in solar and other renewable energies - to meet the long-term goals for energy independence by reducing energy consumption. Local facilities benefitting from the program have ranged from water treatment plants to municipal buildings to community and senior centers.

    In implementing strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions and reduce total energy use, the EECBG Small Cities and Counties Initiative has provided over $6.25 million to assist local governments, while entitlement allocations to the twenty largest cities and counties totaled $14,955,500. DLG received 112 applications requesting over $13 million - demonstrating considerable demand for assistance for local governments to implement efficiency and conservation measures.

    Kentucky recently received a federal grant to promote energy savings performance contracting as a vehicle for local governments to undertake and finance energy efficiency improvements. DLG will administer the grant, conducting education and outreach activities, providing legal and procurement guidance, as well as technical assistance to units of local governments and their subsidiaries.

    In addition, DLG has been awarded $1.2 million from the funds the state received under the 2011 settlement agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to support continuation of the EECBG program. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Local Governments (EEC) Program will build on the work begun with EECBG by providing grants to local governments to reduce their energy consumed.

    These programs, along with a new revolving loan fund to finance energy efficiency improvements, will make DLG a resource for local governments working to reduce their energy consumption, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and benefitting taxpayers through lower utility costs for local governments.

    Program guidelines are available at

    DEDI Landfill Gas to Energy Webpage
    Energy-Savings Performance Contracting

    Energy-Savings Performance Contracting

    DLG has been working to educate local governments about managing their rising energy costs through energy-savings performance contracting (ESPC). DLG offers assistance in understanding the technical and procurement aspects of ESPC, which promotes a comprehensive approach to energy efficiency and conservation retrofits and upgrades that can include energy-consuming infrastructure from street and traffic lighting to municipal buildings to water and wastewater facilities.

    Local government facilities often suffer from deferred maintenance and antiquated infrastructure. The money saved by decreased energy use and maintenance costs will cover the costs of the energy-saving improvements. This program helps local officials take advantage of energy savings, through guaranteed performance contracts, and address infrastructure needs, save precious local tax dollars over time and create jobs.

    View full brochure HERE.

    Helpful Links

    EPAD Document

    Volkswagen Settlement


    Adair County ESPC Case Study (.pdf - 440 kb)
    Bourbon County ESPC Case Study (.pdf - 411 kb)
    Boyle County ESPC Case Study (.pdf - 677 kb)
    Carter County ESPC Case Study (.pdf - 586 kb)
    EEC Grant Application 2017 (.doc - 160 kb)
    EEC Grant Guidelines 2017 (.pdf - 149 kb)
    Energy Savings Strategies in WWTP 09-12.pdf (.pdf - 1212 kb)
    ESPC brochure (.pdf - 2820 kb)
    Financing Energy Savings Performance Contracts (docx - 208 kb)
    Greensburg ESPC Case Study (.pdf - 260 kb)
    Jessamine County ESPC Case Study (.pdf - 478 kb)
    KY EPAD Handbook (.pdf - 696 kb)
    Pike County ESPC Case Study (.pdf - 613 kb)
    Pulaski County Case Study (.pdf - 434 kb)