The School Energy Managers Project (SEMP) was formed within
Kentucky School Boards Association in 2010 to help school districts comply with
KRS 160.325, which was enacted “in an effort to reduce rising energy costs that
are straining school budgets.” The
mission of SEMP is to put professionally trained energy managers into
schools.Where school district sizes are
small, partnerships are formed across district boundaries to share an energy
As a result of these efforts and the efforts of Kentucky’s
173 public school districts, energy is being used more efficiently today than
in fiscal year 2010. The statewide Energy Utilization Index has dropped from 65
kBtu/sf/yr* to 52 kBtu/sf/yr* during a time when the area of conditioned
space has grown over 12 percent.
KSBA has been recognized nationally as ENERGY STAR Partner
of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Energy Program Delivery. This recognition is
for district assistance with energy related projects and uncovering ways to cut
costs and increase energy efficiency.
* kBtu/sf/yr is the amount of energy consumed, measured in
thousands of British Thermal Units (KBTU), and divided by the gross conditioned
area in square feet.