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2012 Energy Star Awards

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. In 2012, three state government programs - the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky Housing Corporation and Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center - were selected for the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.  Three private sector companies - GE Appliances and Lighting, Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc. were also recognized nationally. Awards were presented on March 15, 2012, in Washington, D.C.  Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, along with other officials, attended the ceremony.  Click here to read the March 8, 2012 press release. 

Energy Star award recipients

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center received ENERGY STAR recognition from EPA for their delivery of exceptional efficiency-related programming that is helping Kentucky residents, schools, businesses, agriculture, industries and other sectors save energy. 

Read more about how these state programs and companies are protecting the environment through energy efficiency: 

Commonwealth of Kentucky - Frankfort, Ky., Kentucky Housing Corporation - Frankfort, Ky., and 
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center - Louisville, Ky.

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) and Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) received ENERGY STAR recognition for their delivery of exceptional efficiency-related programming that is helping Kentucky residents, schools, businesses, agriculture, industries and other sectors save energy.  Commonwealth of Kentucky facilitates energy efficiency programs utilizing the ENERGY STAR brand. KHC launched a statewide Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program.  KPPC is a nonregulatory environmental technical assistance resource center helping businesses and organizations stay environmentally sustainable.  ENERGY STAR is a key element of Governor Beshear's comprehensive energy plan by creating efficient, sustainable energy solutions and strategies. Kentucky sets an example with ENERGY STAR through active public-private partnerships that help create jobs, improve the environment and lessen our energy dependence. Key accomplishments include:

  • Making strategic energy management a priority at Kentucky schools with the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program (KEEPS).  KEEPS provides assistance and partners with the School Energy Manager Project, which results in reductions in operational costs and improved energy performance.
  • Partnering with the Kentucky League of Cities and the Kentucky Association of Counties to reach out to local governments with a toolkit that highlights ways to reduce costs through energy efficiency and other green practices.
  • Expanding access to building science training for Kentucky Home Performance evaluators that helped increase the number of Building Performance Institute Building Analyst certified professionals from 10 in 2010 to more than 200 in 2011.
  • Completing over 500 Kentucky Home Performance installations, which represents a 66 percent conversion rate and a total homeowner investment of over $6.8 million.
  • Partnering with 25 Kentucky utilities to augment HPwES marketing and consumer outreach.
  • Conducting 169 onsite energy efficiency assessments through KPPC's Environmental Sustainability Program, which identified more than 424,000 MMBtu in potential energy savings, with a projected annual cost savings of more than $6 million.
  • Engaging the governor, businesses, communities and citizens to embrace energy efficiency in their daily lives using the ENERGY STAR brand.
  • Developing more than 200 online resources to guide the schools participating in KPPC's KEEPS through the seven-step ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. Of Kentucky's 174 school districts, 123 (70 percent) are ENERGY STAR partners, the highest percentage of ENERGY STAR partner school districts of any state in the nation.

GE Appliances and Lighting, Louisville, Ky.

 GE officials
Above: GE Officials accept the ENERGY STAR award. 

GE Appliances and Lighting is an $8 billion global business and industry leader in major appliances and lighting. Demonstrating a high level of commitment, GE was a leader in ENERGY STAR education, labeling and promotion. Accomplishments include:
  • Offering a total of 500 lighting models that have earned the ENERGY STAR - a 29 percent increase since 2010.
  • Adding 93 new LED products to its selection following the 2010 introduction of the first omnidirectional lamp in an A19 standard shape.
  • Educating more than 9,000 distributors, utilities, business managers and citizens across 45 cities about ENERGY STAR-qualified lightbulbs through its tradeshow on wheels, "The GE Lighting Revolution."
  • Introducing 140 new ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances in 2011, while increasing the number of base models 17 percent over the past year.
  • Integrating ENERGY STAR into its employee, retailer and distributor training efforts, including online training websites, webinars, training videos and eNewsletters.
  • Promoting ENERGY STAR through a broad cross section of sales and marketing efforts, including over 1,000 cooperative promotions that collectively reached more than 100 million consumers.
  • Being the first major appliance manufacturer to partner with EPA on the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program to help reduce ozone depleting substances.

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, Louisville, Ky.


Above: Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities officials accept the ENERGY STAR award.

Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) are owned and operated by LG&E and KU Energy, a diversified energy services company. Together, these utilities provide gas and electric service to Louisville, Lexington and surrounding counties in Kentucky and five counties in Virginia.  LG&E and KU received the ENERGY STAR award for their continued technical, marketing and educational support to promote the ENERGY STAR for New Homes program.  Accomplishments in 2011 include:

  • Completing 780 qualified new homes - a 7 percent increase in market penetration from 2010 for a total of 2,116 qualified homes since the program was launched in 2009.
  • Modifying the program's "Technical Training Series" to provide support for builders, rating companies and allied industry groups during the transition to ENERGY STAR Version 3.
  • Achieving an estimated 3,000 MWh in annual electric savings and 1,160 kW in annual demand reductions.
  • Spearheading a state-level task force consisting of delegates from the real estate and mortgage industries, Home Builder Associations and state agencies to implement legislation encouraging the incorporation of energy efficiency into real estate products.
  • Participating in and sponsoring more than 40 key communitywide, regional and statewide events associated with energy efficiency to inform potential homeowners and home builders to the benefits of ENERGY STAR.

Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Erlanger, Ky.

Toyota officials

Above: Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America officials accept the ENERGY STAR award.

Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc. (TEMA) is the manufacturing headquarters for 15 vehicle, engine and parts plants across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Sustainability is an important focus for Toyota at both internal and supplier operations. Toyota received ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for promotion of energy management among its suppliers and continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.  Key 2011 accomplishments include:
  • Decreasing absolute energy by 9 percent and absolute water by 8 percent.
  • Influencing the company's supply chain by continuing to train Tier 1 suppliers to conduct treasure hunts, internal plant energy assessments; 33 companies benefitted from the 2011 training.
  • Supporting the ENERGY STAR Motor Vehicle Focus actively for over 10 years and new research for expanded benchmarking of assembly and power-train vehicles.
  • Completing the analysis on the reduction of air to ovens in the paint shop.  A pilot installation is planned for 2012.  A preliminary analysis across North America indicates a savings potential of 95,300 MMBtu when implemented in all paint shops.
  • Motivating energy savings through monthly energy contests, rewarding the production shops with greatest reductions, and through the annual Toyota Summer and Winter Shutdown Energy Reduction Challenge.