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Five Kentucky organizations recognized for achievements in energy efficiency

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently honored five Kentucky organizations for their excellence in energy management and outstanding contributions to energy efficient product design.

Big Ass Fans, Bullitt County Public Schools, Olin Brass, Schneider Electric, and Scott County Schools were among 183 organizations from 37 states to receive the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award. The yearly awards honor businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiencies.

The award winners included Fortune 500 companies, schools, retailers, manufacturers, homebuilders, and commercial building owners and operators.

“We are extremely proud of the progress Kentucky businesses and organizations are making toward energy efficient processes,” said Rick Bender, executive director of the Office of Energy Policy. “Through collective actions and responsibility, we can make a difference. Congratulations to these groups on their achievements.”

Below are examples of how Kentucky’s ENERGY STAR AWARD winners are taking action.

Big Ass Fans, Lexington, Ky., earned the Excellence in Product Design Award for its energy-efficient overhead and directional fans and LED lights for industrial, commercial and residential use. The company produced 14 fan models that proved to be top-performers in airflow efficiency.

Olin Brass, Louisville, Ky., a manufacturer of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, foil, tube and fabricated components, received the Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition. The company developed an energy management program, which achieved a 1.6-percent reduction in energy intensity in 2018, and an almost seven percent reduction since its inception in 2015. Olin Brass identified potential projects with an annual savings of nearly $450,000.

Bullitt County Public Schools, Shepherdsville, Ky., serves more than 13,000 students in 27 schools and administration buildings. The district’s energy management program earned the Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award by saving more than $930,000 in energy costs in 2018. Through energy-saving best practices, and with student and staff engagement, the district earned ENERGY STAR certification in 18 of its 27 buildings.

Scott County Schools, Georgetown, Ky., earned the Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for utilizing ENERGY STAR tools and resources to make improvements in energy efficiency and reduce operating costs in the district’s 14 school buildings. In 2018, Scott County reduced energy costs by more than $950,000 and by more than $5 million since 2010. Scott County is Kentucky’s first school district to earn ENERGY STAR certification for all school buildings for five consecutive years.

Schneider Electric, Louisville, Ky., a global provider of energy management and automation services, received Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition. Schneider Electric has advanced the market presence of ENERGY STAR by supporting more than 600 properties in earning ENERGY STAR certification with 11 properties earning certification for the first time. During 2018, Schneider Electric identified more than $3 million in energy savings through various projects at commercial, industrial and institutional facilities.

For complete details on 2019 ENERGY STAR awards, visit https://www.energystar.gov/about/awards/2019_energy_star_award_winners.