Please note for the purposes of this web page, commercial/public buildings and facilities include governmental, healthcare and educational facilities. For more specific resources for educational facilities, see our schools web page.
Given that the commercial/public sector represents 13 percent of Kentucky’s total energy use, Kentucky businesses and governmental agencies have the potential to save millions of dollars annually by adopting technologies and practices that improve energy efficiency, conserve resources and increase productivity.
To help businesses tap into these opportunities, the following resources are provided:
Commercial Incentives & Financing:
- Maximize utilization of commercial tax incentives when installing efficiency measures
- Consult with your gas or electric utility for available efficiency incentives
- Consider low-cost PACE/EPAD financing through your community. Learn about EPAD under Local Government heading below.
- Use the Financing Navigator to explore alternative financing options.
Energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) is a financial and procurement mechanism that allows entities to pay for energy savings measures with existing budgets. While performance contracting is mostly utilized by educational entities, state and local governments, the private sector can also take advantage of ESPCs.
A number of public entities in the state are using technology to centralize energy management and information for their facilities and to communicate their energy savings with staff and the public through web portals. See what’s out there.
- LEED – U.S. Green Buildings Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification
- ENERGY STAR – many free tools for achieving energy efficiency
- Portfolio Manager – this free web-based database allows anyone to easily enter facility information and track energy usage, benchmark facilities against other facilities in your portfolio, and see how your facilities compare to others across the nation.
- ENERGY STAR buildings – has your building earned the ENERGY STAR? See who has!
- ENERGY STAR Challenge – take the challenge to reduce your energy usage.
- Net Zero Energy Buildings -
Local governments are making significant investments in energy efficiency. Learn what your county or community can do to save energy and save money.
- Contact the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) - DLG is offering technical support services for communities considering energy savings performance contracting (ESPC). Learn more about ESPC under the Performance Contracting section above.
- Set up an Energy Project Assessment Districts (EPAD) as a means of promoting economic development through energy efficiency financing. To date (10/12/16) the following communities have passed EPAD ordinances: Bowling Green, Covington, Bellevue, Greensburg, Greenville, Owensboro, and Louisville.
- Earn the ENERGY STAR - find out how many local government buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR.