Beyond simply enacting legislation and regulations to advance energy efficiency within the state's residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, state (as well as county and municipal) governments can also provide vision and leadership for their constituents.
Leading by Example
By having an agency dedicated to energy policies, setting goals for reduction of energy use by state agencies, establishing high standards for the efficiency of state-owned and operated buildings, and implementing policies that promote energy efficiency in public-service buildings, government demonstrate the value of energy efficiency and reduce the amount of the state's revenue that is spent on energy purchases. Every Midwestern state has a state energy office and many have adopted other policies aimed at managing the state’s energy consumption as well as encouraging others to follow its lead.
State Energy Office
Kentucky's State Energy Office is the Department for Energy Development & Independence (DEDI)
The Department for Energy Development and Independence's mission is to improve the quality and security of life for all Kentuckians by creating efficient, sustainable energy solutions and strategies; by protecting the environment; and by creating a base for strong economic growth.
Visit DEDI's homepage. Check out NASEO's profile for Kentucky.
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State Energy Plan or Vision
Governor Bashear's energy plan, Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky's Future, provides a framework for aggressively increasing the use of renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing cleaner methods for the use of fossil energy resources, diversification of the state's electricity and transportation energy portfolios, and stronger integration of the state's agriculture and energy economies. In its energy efficiency strategy, it has a goal of offsetting 18% of the state's total energy demand through efficiency by 2025.
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State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement
Kentucky does not have a specific policy for the reduction of energy use by state agencies, though it does recommend the development of strategies as part of its energy plan and requires state buildings to purchase cost-effective energy efficient products.
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EE in New State Buildings
HB 2 of 2008 required that all construction or renovation of public buildings for which 50% or more of the total capital cost is paid by the state must be renovated or designed to meet high-performance building standards. This legislation also requires that all building leases for the state or any of its agencies meet ENERGY STAR high-performance building standards after July 1, 2018. Public buildings must purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products if life-cycle cost analysis determines they are cost-effective.
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Recognition or Award Program
Kentucky's Energy Leadership Award recognizes leaders in the Kentucky energy field who have made significant contributions by promoting and utilizing energy efficiency and alternative energy sources as a way to achieve their sustainability goals.
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