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Louisville honors businesses for decreasing energy use

Winners of Kilowatt Crackdown

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 22, 2016) — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the winners of the Kilowatt Crackdown, a city-wide competition that challenges building owners and operators to decrease energy use in their buildings.

“Reducing energy use in nonprofit, commercial and industrial buildings is a terrific financial and environmental decision,” Fischer said. “By choosing to invest in energy saving methods, building owners are investing in the health of our community and because energy efficiency decreases energy bills, they are also investing in their buildings.”

Baptist Health was awarded the Kilowatt Cup to recognize their superior achievement in energy efficiency. The Baptist Health headquarters office building began targeting operational efficiency in mid-2015. In that time, Baptist Health leadership has implemented a comprehensive program to monitor its energy usage index and cost per square foot. Over 5,000 data points are collected every 15 minutes and analyzed using advanced algorithms to identify areas of poor performance and/or risk. This continuous commissioning and improvement program has helped reduce the facility’s energy consumption in half for the second part of 2015 while improving environmental conditions considerably. Through these efforts, in seven months, Baptist Health saved close to $40,000.

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) was awarded the first ever Louisville Energy Alliance Partner of the Year Award. JCPS tracks the energy usage of 169 buildings in ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager. Currently, 34 JCPS buildings are ENERGY STAR Certified. In the last 10 years, JCPS has saved over $9 million through energy usage reduction, renovations, rebates, the demand conservation program and billing corrections.

”We are thrilled to recognize the companies and nonprofits in our community that are helping to reach the city’s goal to reduce energy consumption 25 percent by 2025,” said Director of Sustainability Maria Koetter. “The building owners that received awards have especially shown a strong commitment to the health of our community.”

The Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA) launched the Kilowatt Crackdown in 2009. In 2010, Louisville Metro Government earned ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for launching the Kilowatt Crackdown in partnership with the LEA. The LEA is a public/private partnership between the Building Owners and Managers Association, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, International Facility Management Association, and Louisville Metro Government.

More than 160 buildings entered this year’s Kilowatt Crackdown Competition.


  • Hospital: Most Improved – Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital
  • K-12 School: Best Performer – Cane Run Elementary
  • K-12 School: Most Improved – Greathouse /Shryock Traditional Elementary School
  • Lodging/Residential: Best Performer – Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel
  • Manufacturing Plant: Best Performer – Copper & Kings
  • Manufacturing Plant: Most Improved – American Printing House for the Blind
  • Office: Best Performer – Mercer Transportation Building #3
  • Office: Most Improved – Mercer Transportation Building #5
  • Warehouse: Most Improved – Mercer Transportation Non-Refrigerated Warehouse
  • Worship Facility: Best Performer – Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church
  • Worship Facility: Most Improved – First Unitarian Church